Social Impact Measurement

SIM TIG Week: Putting Stakeholder Voice at the Heart of Social Impact Measurement by Ben Fowler

Hi, I am Ben Fowler, a Co-Founder of MarketShare Associates, a global social impact consulting company. We focus on measuring the social impacts created by companies, investors, foundations and bilateral and multilateral funders. Social impact measurement (SIM) is a quickly evolving space. Significant effort to date in measuring SIM has been on quantifying and benchmarking …

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SIM TIG Week: Tips for Examining and Addressing Inequity by Heather Esper

Hi – I’m Heather Esper of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. One of the most critical moments in my time with AEA came during a plenary at the 2017 annual conference focused on Dialogue on Race and Class in America. I find myself going back to my notes from this session …

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SIM TIG Week: What is it Like Measuring the Social Impact of… Ourselves? by Leah Goldstein Moses

Hi everyone! I’m Leah, founder & CEO of The Improve Group. Today I’m writing about the messy middle ground that I sometimes get to play in – the space where I’m both the evaluated and the evaluator. Let me start with a little context. The Improve Group is a mission-focused evaluation consultancy. In Minnesota, where …

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SIM TIG Week: The SDG Impact Standards by Belissa Rojas

Hello! I’m Belissa Rojas and I am the founder and CEO of Impacto Consulting, an advisory firm that provides enterprises, investors, governments and international organizations with knowledge, innovative solutions, and evaluation tools to foster sustainability and positive social and environmental impact. I am currently working with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Impact team (UN …

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SIM TIG Week: Corporate Monitoring & Evaluation: Setting Up a CoP to Tackle Challenges of an Emerging Practice by Sasha Zoueva

Hi! I am Sasha Zoueva, Senior Evaluation Manager, Johnson & Johnson. As part of our Global Community Impact team, I am responsible for evaluation of hundreds of grants, several impact investments and employee engagement projects, plus our product donations and disaster response initiatives. Evaluation is often intellectually exciting and challenging. In a corporate environment, we …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluation and Gender Lens Investing by Courtney Bolinson and Lucy Wakiaga

Hello! We’re Courtney Bolinson (Wisconsin) and Lucy Wakiaga (Nairobi), and we’re excited to kick off the Social Impact Measurement (SIM) TIG blog week. This week you’ll see blogs on topics related to impact investing, social finance, the sustainable development goals, social enterprises and more. Today, we’ll talk about gender lens investing (GLI), share the highlights …

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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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