Social Impact Measurement

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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SIM TIG Week: Bridging evaluation and impact measurement and management, by Sara McGarraugh, Leah Goldstein Moses and Ben Fowler

Hi everyone! We are Sara McGarraugh and Leah Goldstein Moses from The Improve Group, and Ben Fowler from MarketShare Associates. As evaluators that work with mission-driven organizations, we’re excited to talk about how evaluation and impact measurement and management intersect. Leason Learned: Both require gathering data within real-time constraints. The Improve Group is an evaluation …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluator Engagement in the Evolution of Social Impact Measurement by Jane Reisman and Alyna Wyatt

Hi! We are Jane Reisman, Chair and Alyna Wyatt, Program Chair, Social Impact Measurement TIG. As impact investing and other market solutions for addressing global goals have been evolving, so have approaches to social impact measurement. Evaluators have been increasingly engaged in efforts to create bridges between the evaluation and impact investing communities and these …

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SIM TIG Week: Capturing job creation impacts by Ben Fowler and Richard Horne

Hi, we are Ben Fowler, Co-Founder and Principal and Richard Horne, Managing Consultant at MarketShare Associates (MSA). We are a global firm who specializes in identifying, implementing and measuring business solutions for positive social impact.  Our work focuses on supporting impact investors, foundations and bilateral donors to assess the impact of their investments for job creation …

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SIM TIG Week: Social + Business Metrics Power Couples by Rebecca Baylor, Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi

Hi, we’re Rebecca Baylor, Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi from the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI). Our team specializes in performance measurement. We use data to improve organizations’ effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability and create more value for their stakeholders in low- and middle-income countries. We believe combining social and business metrics …

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