Social Impact Measurement

SIM TIG Week: Powerful Assumptions by Andrea Nelson Trice

I’m Andrea Nelson Trice, President of Trice & Associates, an evaluation and consulting firm. This case came from my research for a book project on the human dimensions of social enterprise success. Tony, a successful entrepreneur, visited several emerging markets and determined that dependency on fire for light is unacceptable in the 21st century. The …

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SIM TIG Week: Using Multi-Dimensional Poverty Outcomes in Measurement by Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi

This is Heather Esper, senior program manager, and Yaquta Fatehi, senior research associate, from the Performance Measurement Initiative at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. Our team specializes in performance measurement to improve organizations’ effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability and to create more value for their stakeholders in emerging economies. Our contribution to …

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SIM TIG Week: The Pay for Success model by Brian Beachkofski and Jeannie Friedman

Hello! We are Brian Beachkofski and Jeannie Friedman, Pay for Success (PFS) advisors at Third Sector Capital Partners. We spend most of our time assessing feasibility and designing social sector programs with rigorous evaluations and evidence-based interventions embedded into their contracting structure. PFS is an innovative contracting model (shown in the figure below) that drives …

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SIM TIG Week: The Currency of Social Impact Measurement by Mishkah Jakoet and Amreen Choda

Hello, we are Mishkah Jakoet and Amreen Choda from Genesis Analytics. Social Impact Measurement (SIM) is important for the legitimacy, advancement, and management of impact investing. SIM can also help align incentives among stakeholders and improve communication. While innovative finance matured over the past decade, similar advancement in SIM is complicated by  diverse approaches, methods, …

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SIM TIG Week: Will Impact Investing Fulfill Its Development Promise? by Robert Picciotto

I’m Robert Picciotto, director general of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank from 1992 to 2002. I oversaw evaluation there and in its sister institution, the International Finance Corporation, which uses equity finance to promote private sector development. Evaluators charged with assessing the growing impact of the private sector in the social sphere …

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SIM TIG Week: The Many Faces of Social Impact Measurement by Leah Goldstein Moses and Jill Lipski Cain

This is Leah Goldstein Moses and Jill Lipski Cain of The Improve Group, an evaluation firm based in Minnesota. We are members of The Improve Group’s new practice area focused on how market-based strategies are used to make a social impact. We have the pleasure of introducing this week’s focus on social impact measurement (SIM) …

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SIM TIG Week: Training and Curriculum for Evaluating Impact Investing by Karim Harji and Ted Jackson

This is Karim Harji and Ted Jackson from ET Jackson & Associates, and our contribution on social impact measurement (SIM) focuses on training and curriculum development for evaluators and practitioners. Lessons Learned: Training and Cross-Sector Collaboration Impact investing – a field that has seen much growth over the last decade, through a combination of strategic …

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SIM TIG Week: Working Together: The Impact Investing and Evaluation Communities by Kelly McCarthy

My name is Kelly McCarthy and I am the Director of Impact Measurement & Management at the Global Impact Investing Network – or GIIN – a nonprofit whose purpose is to increase the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.  While we don’t make investments ourselves, we work alongside those who do, along with many other …

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SIM TIG Week: Social impact measurement to Social impact analysts: You complete me by Sara Olsen and Kate Ruff

Hi, my name is Sara Olsen and I’m a founding board member of Social Value US and the CEO of SVT Group, an impact management services firm I founded to “make impact management ubiquitous worldwide.” And I’m Kate Ruff.  I am an accounting prof at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I study how organizations measure …

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SIM TIG Week: Impact measurement in impact investing and international development – what’s the diff? by Donna Loveridge

Hi, my name is Donna Loveridge and I work with the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED), a forum for learning about the most effective ways to create economic opportunities for the poor, in line with the SDGs – based on practical experience in private sector development. International development organisations, such as DCED members, have …

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