Social Impact Measurement

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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SIM TIG Week: Grantmakers, Grantees and Evaluators Learning Together by Jill Lipski and John Fetzer

Hi, we’re Jill Lipski Cain of The Improve Group and John Fetzer of Northwest Area Foundation. We recently collaborated on an evaluation of the Foundation’s Social Enterprise Initiative, which funded nonprofit social enterprises (NSEs). The evaluation explored 1) the impact of the enterprises for individuals and communities; 2) what it takes for the enterprises to …

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SIM TIG Week: Bridging, Translating and Welcoming Non-evaluators Into AEA, By The Leaders Of The SIM TIG

Hi! We are Courtney Bolinson, Ben Fowler, Leah Goldstein Moses, Sara S. McGarraugh, Jane Reisman, John Sherman and Alyna Wyatt. We are the current leadership team of the Social Impact Measurement TIG, which launched in 2016 to explore ways to bring together evaluation, impact measurement, impact investing and social enterprises. We believe that evaluators have …

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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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