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Impact Perspectives

Learn about major trends in social impact management, topics in social impact framework, social impact reporting and data management in mission-driven organizations.

Alan Pierce | Sep 20, 2018 5:22:23 PM

Impact Investing Funds & How to Find Your Ideal Match

Impact investing funds offer the socially-conscious investor an actionable way to create an impact with their investments, alongside financial returns.

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, impact funds, impact investing
Alan Pierce | Sep 17, 2018 2:46:43 PM

Understanding Social Performance withTheory of Change and Metrics

In the world of microfinance there are social returns to be accounted for, in addition to financial accountability. Implementing a social performance framework ...

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Perspectives on Metrics, Perspectives on Strategy, monitoring & evaluation
Unmesh Sheth | Sep 15, 2018 9:30:57 PM

Streamline Your Impact with SDGs, Impact Management Project and Theory Of Change

Did you know that 62% of companies mentioned the SDGs in their reporting, 37% of companies selected priority SDGs, 79% of companies that prioritized the SDGs ...

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Impact Communication, Impact Management, impact funds, impact investing, impact report
Alan Pierce | Sep 3, 2018 11:42:31 AM

3 Tips for Better Impact Project Management on a Global Scale

Have you ever led a social organization or directed a project with a global reach? If so, you probably know that impact project management at scale can get ...

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Data Management, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, impact data, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Aug 29, 2018 1:25:27 PM

Is Collective Impact Model the Future of Social Change?

With the right tools, it might be.

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Perspectives on Strategy, Social Impact, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Aug 21, 2018 2:32:41 PM

What is the Global Reporting Initiative & How Can Business Use it for Impact Reporting?

The Global Reporting Initiative has been around for decades. It is widely used, but perhaps still not enough.

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Impact Communication, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, impact report, Reporting
Lorena Rodriguez | Aug 13, 2018 3:46:08 PM

How Impact Funds Leverage Technology for Impact Management

"It was great to see how the Impact Cloud™  software uses language I'm familiar with. This made it easier for us to use compared to other systems." Nancy ...

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Perspectives on Strategy
Hetal Sheth | Aug 9, 2018 4:49:13 PM

Start Impact Conversation with Actionable Impact Management Guidebooks

I make report every year for my funders, is that social impact management? Why should I invest in social impact management process? It is certainly not a story ...

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Impact Management, Strategy, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Jul 26, 2018 3:21:05 PM

How Can Impact Investors Help Foundations Make Better Mission-Related Investments

You might think that foundations allocate a considerable amount of their capital towards mission-related investments. You wouldn’t be rash for thinking this, ...

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Impact Management, Perspectives on Strategy, impact investing
Alan Pierce | Jul 18, 2018 4:19:27 PM

The Secret to Millennial Engagement in the Impact Sector

How might we engage Millennials as an employee, investor, asset owner, contributor, or beneficiary? The Millennial engagement question pesters leaders at the ...

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Data Management, Data Visualization, Impact Communication, Impact Perspectives, Reporting
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 11:21:33 PM

When Impact Metrics Fail (And What to do About it)

The online depth of opinion articles and how-to pieces about impact metrics and measuring social impact grows with each passing month. We need to measure ...

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Perspectives on Metrics, impact data, Metrics, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 8:40:59 PM

Impact Metrics for Gender Lens Investing

The emergence of gender lens investing in recent years has punctuated a larger global trend towards gender equality. Of course, there remains much work to be ...

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Perspectives on Metrics, Social Impact, impact investing, Metrics
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 19, 2018 12:05:43 PM

Creating impact data pipeline from enterprise to asset owners through Impact ID

 Two years ago, NextBillion.net published Building a Collaborative Social Impact Measurement Operating System. The article concluded that unless we make the ...

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Data Management, Impact Communication, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Jun 10, 2018 10:44:29 PM

Why Do We Keep Producing Impact Reports, But Not Intended Impact?

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Perspectives on Reporting, Impact Management, impact report, Reporting
Alan Pierce | Jun 3, 2018 3:03:49 PM

Understanding How to Wield Social Return on Investment (Part II)

In Part I of this blog series we looked at the Social Return on Investment (SROI) approach to accounting for impact and some of the challenges involved in its ...

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Perspectives on SROI, Reporting, Metrics, social impact measurement tool, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | May 28, 2018 5:55:18 PM

How to Calculate SROI?  (Part I)

“A lot of people try to get to a number for SROI and it misses the truth. The point of SROI isn’t necessarily to justify capital investment, it’s to understand ...

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Impact Perspectives, Perspectives on SROI, Reporting, Metrics, social impact measurement tool, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2018 12:47:35 PM

Evaluating the Impact of Social Innovation Programs: Issues and the Way Forward

A wave of social enterprise excitement has taken hold across the globe. The power of social entrepreneurship to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges has ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, M&E, social impact measurement tool, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2018 1:52:22 PM

Finding a Needle in the Haystack: Bringing Impact Insights to Lean Data

“It is the combining, linking, and connecting of different “data islands” that turns data into knowledge – knowledge that can ultimately help create positive ...

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Data Management, Data Visualization, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, impact data, monitoring & evaluation
Alan Pierce | Mar 29, 2018 6:11:13 PM

How To Deliver An Impact Search Engine That Works

Why many impact-oriented entities – foundations, nonprofits, social enterprises, some corporations, etc. – spend an enormous amount of time defining a theory ...

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Data Management, Impact Perspectives, Perspectives on Metrics, impact data, Metrics
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 29, 2018 3:28:21 PM

Grant Management to Impact Management in Foundations

Key Players: Program Director, Learning & Evaluation Director, Program Analysts, Evaluator and IT Director & Team

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Alan Pierce | Mar 25, 2018 1:24:46 PM

Uniting the Impact Ecosystem: A Call for End-to-End Impact Management

According to a survey by the Global Impact Investing Network, more than $100 billion worth of impact investing assets are currently under management. Every ...

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Data Management, Impact Management, Strategy, Impact Perspectives, impact data, impact funds, impact investing
Hetal Sheth | Feb 14, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Actionable Impact Management Volume 3: "DATA"

Do you feel empowered to share stories with your data? The social sector is struggling to demonstrate their social good with data. What we need is a lean and ...

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Unmesh Sheth | Jan 31, 2018 10:58:38 AM

5 Reasons to think beyond survey tools for impact measurement

  Measuring impact result is becoming an essential requirement in philanthropy and impact investment sectors. Survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, and ...

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Data Aggregation, impact data, social impact measurement tool
Hetal Sheth | Jan 17, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Storytelling with Impact Learning

Like any other storytelling, Impact Storytelling is also an art. In your social impact report how do you mix qualitative data with quantitative data? And tell ...

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Data Management, Perspectives on Reporting, Impact story
Hetal Sheth | Jan 15, 2018 11:11:00 AM

How Impact Reporting Starts with an Impact Approach

An effective social impact report focuses on a collective process that aligns impact thesis (ie. Theory Of Change), communicates intended and unintended ...

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Moiz Arenpurwala | Jan 8, 2018 12:23:48 PM

Our 10 most-read articles of 2017

  They range from topics as diverse as How Impact Management is Now Within Reach, Aligning Impact Reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals, 5 Tips To Get ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Impact growth
Drs. Jodi York, Chris Dembek, and Brad Potter of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Wesley Gee of The Works Design Communications, Canada | Dec 21, 2017 12:21:48 PM

The Shift in focus from Impact Reports to Impact Reporting

[Author's of this report are well-known social impact thinkers and professors, who have collaborated with SoPact on four part Actionable Impact Management ...

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Perspectives on Reporting, Impact Management, impact report
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 14, 2017 7:16:54 PM

How to build effective nonprofit impact reports

The US nonprofits spend more than $1.2 Billion just building impact reports and not counting time spent in inefficient data gathering from disparate systems. ...

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Data Management, Data Aggregation, impact report
Alan Pierce | Dec 11, 2017 3:51:37 PM

Social Impact Management Workshop for Mission-driven Organizations

In a Thursday afternoon at Impact Hub San Francisco, SoPact delivered a three-hour workshop to a packed room of participants. "How to Turn Data Into Impact ...

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Impact Management, impact workshop
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 11, 2017 3:49:09 PM

Collective Impact starts with Democratizing Impact Metrics

  The definition of collective social impact dramatically differs based on the role we are referencing, e.g., impact investor, foundation, government, funding ...

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Impact Management, Perspectives on Metrics, Impact growth, impact investing
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 1, 2017 3:53:31 PM

Blueprint of Future Monitoring & Evaluation Systems

    In one of my previous article Rethinking M&E  Software, we looked at how M&E software systems are still failing to achieve key data accountability goals.  ...

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Data Management, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Impact story, M&E
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 1, 2017 3:48:46 PM

Rethinking M&E Software for Impact Management

While the concept of Monitoring & Evaluation has been around for decades, use of M&E software has grown ever since US Congress passed a law requiring ...

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Data Management, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Data Aggregation, M&E
Jenny Berstad | Nov 13, 2017 11:58:35 AM

The Age of Impact Management is Here

 

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Impact growth
Unmesh Sheth | Nov 12, 2017 4:26:00 PM

How to Leverage SaaS Technology for Social Good

      Social sector organizations have been noterious about building custom solutions for managing their internal data (except for fundraising products) such ...

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Data Management, SaaS, Data Aggregation, social impact measurement tool
Hetal Sheth | Nov 12, 2017 1:54:36 PM

Changing Impact Philanthropy: Gender and Generation

Philanthropy is undergoing a revolution. It used to be that wealthy donors were happy sending an annual check, trusting in charitable organizations to use ...

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Perspectives on Strategy
Rachel Dodd | Nov 12, 2017 1:30:09 PM

Are your donors hearing your impact story?

Nonprofits are caught in a balancing act between making an impact and funding their impact. It can be difficult to measure up to the reporting requirements ...

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Impact Management, Perspectives on Strategy
Alan Pierce | Nov 12, 2017 12:47:54 PM

5 Tips To Get the Most out of Salesforce for Nonprofits

Like a business, nonprofits can also use Salesforce to streamline workflows, benefitting both internal and external stakeholders alike. Nonprofits effectively ...

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Salesforce
Jenny Berstad | Oct 25, 2017 6:00:00 PM

How Ventures can Raise Capital through a Strong Impact Management Process

Entrepreneurship Support Networks (ESNs) empower entrepreneurs in different ways, whether it’s through hosting social venture accelerators or incubators, ...

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Impact Perspectives, Reporting
Unmesh Sheth | Oct 18, 2017 10:17:49 AM

The Future of Impact Management & Reporting

This week in San Francisco @SOCAP 10th Anniversary I had the opportunity to talk to social impact thinkers, practitioners, and leaders. While many impact ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Reporting
Vivek Surve | Oct 12, 2017 10:21:00 AM

Impact Data For Growth

  An Impact investor seeks to produce beneficial social or environmental outcomes. In international development & carbon markets, this is called additionality. ...

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Data Management, Reporting
Latika Bahadur | Oct 10, 2017 12:38:00 PM

Data Management for Community Development Financial Institutions

  For Community Development Financial Institutions , data integrity is particularly essential to influence policy, improve operations on the ground and ...

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Data Management, Impact Perspectives, CDFI, Reporting
Jenny Berstad | Oct 3, 2017 6:49:00 PM

Why Use a Cloud-Based Solution for your organization's Impact Management Process

 

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Reporting
Jenny Berstad | Sep 4, 2017 9:41:34 PM

5 Reasons to Choose SaaS and Cloud as Impact Technology

 

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Data Management, Reporting
Vivek Surve | Sep 4, 2017 9:41:17 PM

Next Frontier for Social Impact Measurement & Reporting

 

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Reporting, Metrics
Rachel Dodd | Aug 29, 2017 11:34:52 AM

How to get Social Impact Outcome Metrics

  An outcome metrics or Impact Metrics is a result. The measurement of outcomes illustrates the kind of impact that programs have on communities served. While ...

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Metrics
Unmesh Sheth | Aug 24, 2017 9:01:00 AM

3 Signs That You Need Data Aggregation Software

In recent years, business across all sectors have demonstrated a big concern on acquiring the right technology to solve their impact data management ...

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Data Management, impact data
Lorena Rodriguez | Aug 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Convergence

Overview of the SDGs The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals , also referred to as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is a set of 17 ...

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Impact Management, Reporting
Rachel Dodd | Aug 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Selecting a Funder's Social Impact Metrics

 There’s no "One Kind" of foundation or Impact Investor and the variations boil down to lots of factors including their Vision statements. Today let's talk ...

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Metrics
Rachel Dodd | Jul 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Catch-22 of Social Impact Assessment

There's a Catch-22 in social impact assessment. Funders choose metrics based on the varying capacity of grantees. To measure consistently, this capacity is ...

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Metrics
Hetal Sheth | Jul 25, 2017 5:30:41 PM

How Impact Management is Now Within Reach

"I want to learn from impact data but isn't  impact data collection and aggregation is expensive?" The answer? It doesn't need to be. Even though it is a ...

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Impact Management