Current NNSI research projects include the following:
The Nonprofit Capacity Project
This project focuses on the various ways that nonprofit networks, including relationships with other nonprofits, businesses and government agencies, influence nonprofit capacity. It is emblematic of NNSI’s perspective about organizing around social problems.
Working with Prof. Amy O’Connor, NNSI has been developing a model to understand the patterns of partnerships between corporations and nonprofits. In general, this work suggests significant differences across economic industries and that many social issues are left out of corporate social responsibility efforts.
Impacts of ICTs on Interorganizational Collaboration
Information communication technologies (ICTs) are significant facilitators of collaborative networks. This research, consisting of surveys and social network analysis, builds on previous work that demonstrates how nonprofits use ICTs for collaboration, and explores outcomes of ICTs at an organizational and system level.
NNSI researchers work on a number of additional projects across different types of nonprofit organizations, various methodologies, and both domestic and international contexts. Current research projects headed by NNSI personnel examine the following:
- Online connections between Chinese nongovernmental organizations.
- Information sharing in nonprofit communities of practice.
- The influence of technology and perception on diffusion of innovation practices in developing countries.
- Stakeholder participation and outcomes in nonprofit collective impact initiatives (Currently seeking collective impact participants! See here for more information).
- Networks and information sharing in collective impact.