Social Impact Measurement

SIM TIG Week: The most important impacts are not measurable—does that skew things? by Simon Dixon

I am Simon Dixon, Co-Founder of Kwangu Kwako Limited (KKL), which builds and sells concrete panels to build safer, more secure affordable homes. Like most social enterprises and those who work in this sector, impact is very important and the drive behind why KKL and I do what we do. Metrics are useful but they …

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SIM TIG Week: The unavoidable impact of impact by Nicole Martens

Hi, I’m Nicole Martens, head of Africa and Middle East at Principles for Responsible Investment. On leaving university, as a development economist and bleeding-heart activist, I was determined to dedicate my career to making a difference. I wanted to use my newly acquired skillset to improve the socioeconomic circumstance of my fellow Africans. In support …

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SIM TIG Week: Developmental evaluation provides outcomes in real-time by Olivia Rebanal

My name is Olivia M. Rebanal, Director of Inclusive Food Systems at Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a 35-year history of expanding equity and justice in underinvested communities. As a CDFI, our mission is to create communities of opportunity across the country through mission-driven lending, incubating social impact programs, …

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SIM TIG Week: How to best integrate respective areas of expertise toward a common purpose by Joanna Cohen

My name is Joanna Cohen, a Senior Evaluation Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. At MacArthur, we take a cross-departmental, team-oriented approach to our work. This means that from the onset of any given program, representatives from every corner of the organization—including our Office of Evaluation—are collaborating to advance our program’s …

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SIM TIG Week: Moving beyond scale: the importance of capturing feedback from your target audience by Sachi Shenoy

I am Sachi Shenoy, the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Upaya Social Ventures. Upaya’s mission is to create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor by investing in and consulting with small business entrepreneurs anchored in marginalized communities. To date, our 16 investee companies have cumulatively created more than 12,000 jobs. In the …

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SIM TIG Week: How people in non-evaluation fields inform impact measurement, and how evaluation informs their work, by Irene Basile

Hello! I am Irene Basile, policy analyst at the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. We provide evidence-based policy guidance on innovative approaches to foster private sector participation in development outcomes. As a former independent evaluator, I was astonished to discover the wide gap in evaluation practices between the development finance and the development co-operation spheres. Indeed, …

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SIM TIG Week: How to Integrate Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) into Impact Measurement Practice by Victoria Carlan

Hello, my name is Victoria Carlan and I lead the impact measurement group at the Government of Canada’s Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU).  The IIU works with departments and agencies across the federal government to advance the integration of outcomes-based approaches in the design and delivery of Government of Canada policies, programs and services. It …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluating Social Impact with a Participatory Mixed Method by Carter Garber

My name is Carter Garber, Director of the Institute for Development, Evaluation, Assistance and Solutions (IDEAS). For 3.5 decades, I have been an evaluator and involved in a variety of other roles with what is now called “social impact investments” and their measurement. I am fortunate to have a 360 degree perspective as a founder …

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SIM TIG Week: Driving the Measurement of Social Investment towards 2030: Integrating the SDG’s into Impact Investment Monitoring Systems by Debby Nixon Williams, Noel Verrinder and Kagiso Zwane

Hi, we’re Debby Nixon Williams, Noel Verrinder and Kagiso Zwane. We are from Genesis Analytics, a South African economics consultancy based in Johannesburg (HQ), Nairobi and London. Our team provides evaluation, monitoring and learning advisory services to donors, foundations, NGOs, the public sector, and the private sector in the form of impact investors across Sub-Saharan …

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SIM TIG Week: Using poverty data to speak truth to power in Impact Investing by Heather Esper

I am Heather Esper of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. At AEA 2018 I’ll be joined with my co-panelists, Julie Peachey of Innovations for Poverty Action and Scott Graham of FINCA International, to share how poverty data can provide unique insights into a company’s clients or program’s beneficiaries. Hot Tip: Collecting …

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