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Posted By Social Edge
On 27 August 2014 - 4:22pm

Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them?

The report gamely answers the second question about the use of metrics. Seize the opportunity, it says, to use metrics to drive performance improvement by “integrating social metrics with financial and operational ones, and aligning with collective learning agendas — either by leveraging the existing evidence base, or by making sure that multiple stakeholders can act on and use their evaluations.” This is the approach that McCreless et al. refer to as Metrics 3.0.

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Posted By Social Edge
On 27 August 2014 - 4:22pm

Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0).

We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an array of exceptionally well-constructed social metrics. There also exist a plethora of effective data methods.

Yet despite this progress, there remain strikingly few examples of successful social metric collection, beyond a handful of broad- ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 27 August 2014 - 4:21pm

“In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant

Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic decision-making in their organizations.

The cause is understandable: we don’t have the data, analytical methods, and language necessary to integrate impact monitoring and evaluation with strategic decision-making.

This compromises our ability to ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 27 August 2014 - 4:21pm

Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy.

d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally without access to reliable electricity. Grounded by a theory of change, we employ a three-pronged impact ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 27 August 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 9:57pm

The message is clear: impact investing needs a shift in focus, from merely growing individual firms to scaling entire sectors. But have we figured out how to do that? Our experience suggests not yet.

In a recent article, Paul Breloff and Rishabh Khosla make a strong case for the need to measure the indirect impacts of market innovators. They recognize that we are just starting to test monitoring that focuses on sectors and not just on firms, accepts alternative pathways to scale, and tracks influence and awareness as important ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 5:31pm

Skoll World Forum delegate Marina Silva is “emerging as one of the most disruptive figures in Brazilian politics in a generation,” according to a recent New York Times article.

A vocal environmentalist and campaigner for social justice who has opposed the deforestation of the Amazon, Ms. Silva was selected as the Socialist Party candidate for the October 2014 Brazilian presidential elections after the death of Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.

Born in a small village in northwestern Acre state, Ms. Silva was the first rubber tapper to be elected to the Brazilian senate in 1994. While she served as ...more

On 26 August 2014 - 5:28pm

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” 
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.

Enjoying

There is so much to enjoy… it’s important that we focus on the good!   Watching your nephew play sports, while catching up with family.  Taking a calming walk in nature. Cheering on the 49ers with friends!

Sometimes, we are deterred by something that isn’t working.  Perhaps it’s a rough spot in business, or a relationship that seemed to get off the rails.

But we can’t get distracted.  Find and focus on the enjoyment before us.  It need not be a big event, and often is a small but special gratitude.

Persevere

Then, there are times to patiently persevere.  The road might feel a bit rocky under our feet.  Yet we must stay the course, step by step. Like a diligent marathon runner we are committed to our course, unrelenting to the finish line.   With this experience, ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 4:28pm

The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Lack of access to clean water, violence, illiteracy and limited opportunities to pursue a better life are among the problems highlighted in the Social Progress Index (SPI) for the Amazon, one of the world’s most important ecosystems.

The study paints a picture of social injustice and inequality by charting data from all but one of the region’s 773 municipalities and nine states. Its authors hope it will become a tool for improving development policy as Brazil elects a new president in October.

“From access to clean water and basic education to personal choice and rights, the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 1:25am

In May, UNICEF and the World Health Organization released a report on global improvements in water and sanitation between 1990 and 2012. Many of the findings are encouraging.
In 2012:

  • 89% of the population had access to an improved drinking water source, an increase of 2.3 billion people.
  • 64% of the population had access to an improved sanitation facility – up 15% from 1990.

But there’s still so much work to do. Improvements in water and sanitation are ...more