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Impact Measurement

 
 
 

Assessing an organization’s impact on a large-scale societal issue such as poverty is a complex and costly effort.

In addition, there has been little agreement on a set of hard-and-fast metrics to measure social performance. In the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake, for example, a disaster relief organization could be expected to provide data on short-term results, such as the number of people sheltered and fed.
But it would be much more difficult to measure how that organization’s emergency relief efforts play a role in its overarching, long-term mission of finding lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Because there are so many players involved in the relief effort—governments, other nonprofits, and business—it’s difficult to isolate the influence of any given organization.
 

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Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

Sonal Bains
Lux Digital

 
 
 

“We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot.

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“We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot.

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What's Your End-Game?

The Global Development Incubator

Most of the nonprofit organizations celebrated by leading foundations are not reaching the minimum scale required to catalyze change. Given structural barriers to the funding that helps them grow, it’s time for nonprofits to ask a more nuanced set of questions than “How Do You Scale?” – including, “How Do You Reach a Minimum Scale?” and an even more fundamental question: “What’s Your End-Game?” This new report helps nonprofit leaders define their End-Game early, and explains how funders need to adjust their practices to help them get there.

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Most of the nonprofit organizations celebrated by leading foundations are not reaching the minimum scale required to catalyze change. Given structural barriers to the funding that helps them grow, it’s time for nonprofits to ask a more nuanced set of questions than “How Do You Scale?” – including, “How Do You Reach a Minimum Scale?” and an even more fundamental question: “What’s Your End-Game?” This new report helps nonprofit leaders define their End-Game early, and explains how funders need to adjust their practices to help them get there.

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Rethinking the MDGs: A Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction

Jacob Lief
Ubuntu Education Fund

 
 
 

I cannot help but feel that we have lost sight of the realities of poverty on the ground, of just how many challenges a child-headed household faces living in South Sudan or Bangladesh. Instead, we have become fixated on quantifying impact, defining success in outputs, and maximizing returns on investments.

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I cannot help but feel that we have lost sight of the realities of poverty on the ground, of just how many challenges a child-headed household faces living in South Sudan or Bangladesh. Instead, we have become fixated on quantifying impact, defining success in outputs, and maximizing returns on investments.

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3 Enterprises Using Measurement for Social Change

PSI Impact

Like many social enterprises, these three organizations incorporate a focus on measurement common to corporate practice, but in this case to maximize their impact and to look at problems in a new way. Using cutting-edge measurement approaches, these organizations are addressing some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Curated
 
 
 

Like many social enterprises, these three organizations incorporate a focus on measurement common to corporate practice, but in this case to maximize their impact and to look at problems in a new way. Using cutting-edge measurement approaches, these organizations are addressing some of the world’s toughest challenges.

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GameChangers: The World's Top Purpose-Driven Organizations

Andrew Hewitt
The GameChangers

 
 
 

If you want to build one of these “force-for-good” businesses, is there a model to follow? How do you measure your success or failure? And if you want to work at one of these purpose-driven orgs, how do you find and differentiate the performers from the pretenders?

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If you want to build one of these “force-for-good” businesses, is there a model to follow? How do you measure your success or failure? And if you want to work at one of these purpose-driven orgs, how do you find and differentiate the performers from the pretenders?

“Any measure of social progress must start with the outcomes. What really matters is the results.”

Michael Porter

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Social Impact Bonds: Building a Financial Market for Social Outcomes

Tracy Palandjian
Social Finance

 
 
 

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a recent financing innovation in which investment capital is raised to expand effective social programs. SIBs drive government accountability by transferring the risk of failure to investors and by focusing attention on outcomes rather than outputs.

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Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a recent financing innovation in which investment capital is raised to expand effective social programs. SIBs drive government accountability by transferring the risk of failure to investors and by focusing attention on outcomes rather than outputs.

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Why Agriculture Is Nigeria's New Oil

Akinwumi Adesina
Government of Nigeria

 
 
 

The UN recently recognized Nigeria for meeting the Millennium Development Goal #1, reducing the population of hungry people by half, three years ahead of schedule. We did this by growing more food, raising farm incomes and creating jobs in farming and food processing – not simply by managing poverty.

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The UN recently recognized Nigeria for meeting the Millennium Development Goal #1, reducing the population of hungry people by half, three years ahead of schedule. We did this by growing more food, raising farm incomes and creating jobs in farming and food processing – not simply by managing poverty.

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Half-Baked: Why We Need To Rethink Social Enterprise Accelerator Programs

Kristin Gilliss
Mulago Foundation

 
 
 

Social accelerators need to increase emphasis on design for impact. Philanthropy and development dollars should fund great organizations with rigorous focus on both impact model and business model.

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Social accelerators need to increase emphasis on design for impact. Philanthropy and development dollars should fund great organizations with rigorous focus on both impact model and business model.

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Farmers First: Linking Agricultural Research To Results In The Field

Tony Kalm
CGIAR

 
 
 

We need to advance the “science of delivery”, and commit to public dissemination and adoption of research: coordinate policy, attract private investment to incentivize delivery, and build the capacity of national agricultural research systems.

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We need to advance the “science of delivery”, and commit to public dissemination and adoption of research: coordinate policy, attract private investment to incentivize delivery, and build the capacity of national agricultural research systems.

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If the Goal is Scale, Promote Theft

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Too many smart people are trying to come up with too many new solutions; fostering plagiarism of successful models is the fastest track to systems change.

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Too many smart people are trying to come up with too many new solutions; fostering plagiarism of successful models is the fastest track to systems change.

“We got [the ban on land-mines] to be a competition ... a campaigner would go to their government and say 'this was done here, this was done there ... what are you going to do?'”

Jody Williams

 

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