Social Impact Measurement

SIM TIG Week: The Growing Case for Evaluation in Social Finance and Impact Investing by Veronica Olazabal

Hey there! Veronica Olazabal, Rockefeller Foundation and incoming President-elect for AEA here to ask you a question: How are we holding ourselves accountable to the trillions of private sector dollars directed toward generating social and environmental good? Building on a rich and growing evidence-base, transparency in social finance was a topic discussed at AEA20 with …

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SIM TIG Week: Accelerating Action in Impact Measurement & Management Today, Together by Samira Khan & Eric Barela

Samira Khan, Senior Manager, Global Impact Engagement and Eric Barela, Director of Measurement and Evaluation at Salesforce.org here, saying hello … Social impact measurement is a hot topic today. How do we make it happen when funding and capacity are low and we sit at the intersection of multiple crises around race, climate, and democracy? …

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SIM TIG Week: Impact Investing, Public Policy, and Evaluation: Opportunity and Obligation by John Sherman

A question – why should you care about the intersection of evaluation, impact investing, and public policy? I am John Sherman and as a long-time evaluator interested in scaling social impact, the answer to this question is personal and professional. As my colleagues- Veronica Olazabal, Jane Reisman, and Deborah Rugg– and I explored at our …

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SIM TIG Week: Transformative Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Fruitful Marriage by Courtney Bolinson and Donna M. Mertens

Hi! We’re Courtney Bolinson, MS and Donna M. Mertens, PhD. Our work focuses on marrying the transformative evaluation paradigm with impact investing. Our chapter in the Global Handbook of Impact Investing demonstrates how transformative evaluation can be used across the investment cycle to effectively improve social and financial investment outcomes.  Rad Resource: We tailored the …

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SIM TIG Week: Lessons for Evaluating the Impacts of Accelerators by Ben Fowler, Erin Markel, and Amanda Woomer

We are Ben Fowler and Erin Markel from MarketShare Associates and Amanda Woomer from the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter at Habitat for Humanity International. Business accelerators – which provide enterprises access to training and frequently links to capital – are increasingly used to help social enterprises increase their impact.  We at MarketShare Associates …

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SIM TIG Week: Love the Connectors: The Measurable Value of an Ecosystem Focused on Social Impact by Leah Goldstein Moses

Hi, I’m Leah Goldstein Moses, founder of The Improve Group SBC.* I have a strong love for my home town, St. Paul, which sits on Dakota lands. I am the recent chair of the Social Impact Measurement TIG. My evaluation practice emphasizes community, justice, equity and love. There are exciting things happening in our region …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluators: You’re Invited To The Social Impact Party! by Jane Reisman and Leah Goldstein Moses

Hello! We’re Jane Reisman, Social Impact Advisor and Founder and Senior Advisor of ORS Impact, a measurement, evaluation and strategy firm, and Leah Goldstein Moses, Founder & CEO of The Improve Group, a social enterprise and evaluation, research, and strategic planning consulting firm. We have been active in AEA’s Social Impact Measurement TIG, so we’ve …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluation And Impact Investing: Webinar Series Explores Using Evaluative Thinking in Social Finance And Impact Investing by John Sherman

I’m John Sherman, co-founder and senior managing director of pfc social impact advisors and incoming program co-chair of the Social Impact Measurement TIG. pfc helps the social impact field—investors, philanthropists, and social change agents—do good, better. Rad Resource: Aware of the tremendous opportunity for evaluators to engage impact investors, the AEA SIM TIG launched a …

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SIM TIG Week: Listening To Each Other: Achieving Impact Through The Private Sector In Emerging Markets by Debby Nixon Williams, Alyna Wyatt and Alisee de Tonnac

We are Debby Nixon Williams and Alyna Wyatt (Social Impact Measurement specialists at economics-based consulting firm Genesis Analytics) and Alisee de Tonnac, of Seedstars Global, an Impact Investor and business incubator supporting high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Over the last few months, we have been working together to develop a Theory of Change, corresponding indicators, …

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SIM TIG Week: Integrating Impact Management Into The Private Equity Lifecycle by Gwendolyn Zorn

Hi – I’m Gwendolyn Zorn, Head of Impact at Phatisa, a sector-specific African private equity fund manager located in and operating across sub-Saharan Africa. Phatisa has three funds under management, totaling more than $400 million, focused on food and affordable housing. When I joined Phatisa in 2017, the firm had a somewhat fundamental understanding of …

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