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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.

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

The Catch-22 of Social Impact Measurement

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

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Data Management, Impact Measurement, Data Aggregation for Funders, Data Capacity, Program Data Management, Actionable Impact Management
Hetal Sheth | Jul 25, 2017 5:30:41 PM

Why Impact Measurement 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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Social Impact, Social Impact Fund
Hetal Sheth | Jul 20, 2017 5:14:01 PM

Is Impact Data Collection Changing?

In the social sector there is a growing need to collect and make better use of our data. We need more data both for informed decision making and capacity ...

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Data Management, Data Collection, Data Capacity, Data Visualization
Rachel Dodd | Jul 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How to Start Measuring Social Impact

Social impact measurement is complicated. Sometimes it feels like a tangled mess of data, indicators, spreadsheets, and numbers that nobody believes. It ...

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Impact Measurement, Actionable Impact Management
Rachel Dodd | Jul 13, 2017 11:01:00 AM

What to Know about Standardized Social Impact Metrics

I like to think of each metrics standard as its own 'language.' Standards help us speak the same language as others in our network. If you are communicating ...

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Impact Measurement, Social Impact Reporting, Metrics Definition
Rachel Dodd | Jul 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Best Practices for Social Impact Metrics Selection

The most important element to an enduring selection of social impact metrics is the foundational impact framework that supports it. We need a strong impact ...

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Impact Measurement, Social Impact, Metrics Definition, Actionable Impact Management
Hetal Sheth | Jul 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Is Impact Measurement Worth the Financial Strain?

As a rule, commercial organizations measure their success by financial returns (profits), while mission-driven organizations measure success by their ability ...

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Data Capacity, Program Data Management, Impact Communication, Actionable Impact Management
Rachel Dodd | Jun 23, 2017 11:13:46 AM

What might an impact report of the future look like?

Information dissemination is easy to do nowadays. My daily commute on San Francisco's public transportation is a great indicator of the smart phone's influence ...

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Impact Measurement, Social Impact, Social Impact Reporting, Social Media
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 19, 2017 9:59:00 AM

How to Talk about Social Impact before you Collect Data

Social impact assessment is a rapidly evolving practice. As a result, no matter if your organization is just starting out or if it's been around for over 30 ...

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Impact Measurement, Social Impact, Social Impact Reporting, Impact Roadmap, Impact Communication
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 15, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Message Received: How to get across the message of your social impact

We know our impact is there – it’s this intangible warm fuzzy feeling that is the reason why we do what we do. How do we communicate this impact to others ...

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Social Impact Reporting, Impact Roadmap, Impact Communication
Hetal Sheth | Jun 12, 2017 7:43:41 AM

Donor Advised Funds: How to Engage High Impact Philanthropists

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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Impact Measurement, Data Aggregation for Funders, Impact Investing, Donor Relations, Impact Roadmap, donor advised fund
Rachel Dodd | Jun 8, 2017 11:30:08 AM

Merging the Creative and Quantitative in Impact Storytelling

What makes for a successful impact report? One answer is, data. Indeed, a distant wave is amassing great size and potential just off of the shore of the world ...

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Social Impact Reporting
Rachel Dodd | Jun 7, 2017 9:33:00 AM

Creativity's Role in Impact Storytelling

"I am a creative" - not a phrase I expected to declare at a conference - especially not at the top of my lungs. However, that's exactly what I did alongside a ...

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Social Impact, Social Impact Reporting
Lorena Rodriguez | Jun 2, 2017 2:51:46 PM

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Convergence

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

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Social Impact, Metrics Definition, Impact Investing, Goals
Hetal Sheth | May 31, 2017 9:44:52 PM

Build an Impact Report: Free Trial for Nonprofits

      Are you tasked with the challenge of aggregating your organization's performance data, demonstrate the impact, and attract new donors with an innovative ...

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Data Management, Impact Measurement, Social Impact, Data Collection, Data Capacity, Donor Relations, Data Visualization, Impact Roadmap, Program Structure
Tiffany Eng | May 23, 2017 8:59:00 AM

Why my nonprofit became an app builder

To be clear, we never intended to become a Salesforce for nonprofits app developer.

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Data Management, Salesforce, Data Collection, Data Aggregation for Funders, Data Capacity
Rachel Dodd | May 22, 2017 8:59:43 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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TurboMetrics, Fundraising, Social Impact Reporting, Donor Relations
Lorena Rodriguez | May 18, 2017 12:03:55 PM

How an Impact Fund Leverages Technology for Social Impact Assessment

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

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Data Management, Impact Measurement, Social Impact, Data Collection, Data Aggregation for Funders, Data Capacity, Impact Investing
Rachel Dodd | May 17, 2017 12:08:32 PM

How to get the most out of your social impact metrics

Are surveys that you sent out a year ago for social impact metrics still informative to your operations today? Is your social impact measurement and evaluation ...

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Impact Measurement, Metrics Definition
Unmesh Sheth | May 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

What is Integration Anyway? A guide for nonprofits and their funders

At its core, integration is the sharing between applications. It is most often the sharing of data between applications. And while integration is not specific ...

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Data Management, Salesforce, Data Aggregation for Funders, Data Capacity
Unmesh Sheth | May 8, 2017 4:34:57 PM

Impact Conversations for Foundations

Nonprofits and other social sector organizations have a hard-fought impact on the world. This impact is the product of enduring emotional resilience, ...

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Impact Measurement, Data Aggregation for Funders, Data Capacity, Impact Roadmap
Dr. Ellen Szarleta | May 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Time to revisit your social impact assessment strategy?

Nonprofit organizations courageously embrace the opportunity to effect change in our communities - improving the quality of life of their stakeholders is an ...

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Impact Measurement
Alan Pierce | Apr 28, 2017 11:08:37 AM

Aligning Impact Reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have challenged both the public and private sector to amplify the outcomes of purpose-driven work. Part of this ...

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Impact Measurement, Metrics Definition
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2017 11:21:04 AM

Data collection strategy (II): Tips and tools for successful implementation

Did you miss Part One of this blog? Read it here. Social impact measurement cannot be done without collecting impact data. Of course, it is much easier said ...

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Data Collection
Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2017 3:13:10 PM

Offline & Online Data Collection (I): Assessing Needs

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. When put in the context of social impact data, this wisdom from the inimitable Sherlock Holmes ...

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Data Management, Data Collection, Offline Data Collection, Data Capacity
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 23, 2017 9:01:43 PM

3 Signs That You Need Data Aggregation Software

In recent years, Foundations, Impact Funds, and Nonprofits have demonstrated a big concern on acquiring the right technology to solve their impact data ...

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Data Management, Data Collection
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 23, 2017 3:00:06 PM

Solving the Most Common Data Collection Challenges in Foundations

There are many challenges related to the program data collection process, especially in the case of a Foundation, Network or Impact Fund that requires data ...

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Data Collection, Data Aggregation for Funders, Program Data Management
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 19, 2017 4:07:36 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, Data Collection, Client Data Management, Program Data Management
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 14, 2017 1:55:42 PM

How to Improve Salesforce User Experience

Salesforce.org has become the leader in providing a flexible platform for mission-driven organizations to build their own data architecture to manage ...

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Salesforce
Alan Pierce | Mar 13, 2017 10:24:08 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
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 11, 2017 12:53:57 PM

3 Strategies for Nonprofit Salesforce Integration

  Salesforce has grown into a popular data management tool for nonprofits with designated offerings like Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP). Upon ...

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Salesforce
Alan Pierce | Feb 11, 2017 10:35:39 AM

Demonstrating Impact: Choosing the right impact metrics

Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. And they are often “multilingual” in doing so, because with ...

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Impact Measurement, Metrics Definition, Impact Investing
Alan Pierce | Dec 2, 2016 11:37:10 AM

Actionable Impact Management: Better Impact Assessment & Communication Framework

Across sectors, organizations are realizing that measuring and communicating impact isn’t just about satiating a moral imperative, it is fundamentally linked ...

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Mission, Theory of Change, Managing Change, Vision, Goals, Program Structure
Alan Pierce | Nov 16, 2016 10:36:25 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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Data Management, Impact Measurement, Data Collection, Data Aggregation for Funders, Organization Alignment, Social Impact Reporting, Data Capacity, Metrics Definition
Alan Pierce | Nov 11, 2016 2:55:14 PM

Why measure social impact? Six reasons for all changemakers

What drives you to measure social impact? In the business of social impact measurement has become one of the most talked about trends. And for good reason. The ...

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Impact Measurement, Fundraising, Social Impact Reporting, Donor Relations
Unmesh Sheth | Nov 10, 2016 5:54:27 AM

Impact Conversations: Lean Impact Methodology

Nonprofits and other grantee program organizations have a hard fought impact on the world. This impact is the product of enduring emotional resilience, ...

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Mission, Theory of Change, Managing Change, Vision, Goals, Program Structure
Unmesh Sheth | Nov 7, 2016 4:33:27 PM

5 Social Impact Measurement Challenges for Foundations

Impact measurement is a buzz-word in the social sector and no organization wants to be caught dead without a strategy in place. Despite growing excitement and ...

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Impact Measurement
Unmesh Sheth | Jul 11, 2016 9:23:07 AM

Collective Impact: Open-sourced impact metrics

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three articles offering new methods in generating, comprehending and acting upon impact metrics. Check out part ...

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Impact Measurement, Metrics Definition
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 3, 2016 4:32:22 AM

The future of Outcome Management

The social sector is going through a massive change never seen before. Thanks to the advocacy of innovative foundations, impact investments are now becoming ...

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Impact Measurement, Organization Alignment, Impact Investing
Unmesh Sheth | Feb 22, 2016 2:57:05 PM

Foundations: social impact starts with you!

For a large or small foundation, their first and last responsibility is to drive a change that meets their mission. While this is obvious, various foundations ...

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foundation
Unmesh Sheth | Aug 13, 2015 8:50:56 PM

Interview with Unmesh And Hetal Sheth, of Impact Measurement Software SOPACT and Non-Profit EKTTA

How important is measuring impact to you? Well, to husband-wife team Unmesh and Hetal Sheth (impact measurement startup founders) are finding better ways to ...

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Social Impact
Rebecca Baylor | Jul 24, 2015 1:53:17 PM

Social Impact Measurement In Disability Nonprofits

Nearly 70 million people with disabilities (PWDs) live in India, and yet only about 3,000 PWDs enter the workforce annually. Several organizations exist to ...

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Data Management, Impact Measurement, Data Collection
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 9, 2015 4:25:00 PM

How to measure social impact of a project

Many public sector organizations and international development organizations struggle at measuring program effectiveness.    Many wonders, "how to measure ...

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Social Impact
Unmesh Sheth | May 15, 2015 3:01:27 PM

Capacity Building In Semi-Skilled Workforce

Social Issue Just in India, 400 million labor works in informal sectors*. Unlike developed countries, burden of raising skills falls mostly on NGOs and few ...

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Data Management, Salesforce
Unmesh Sheth | May 15, 2015 8:30:23 AM

Data Management Challenges in a Women Empowerment Organization

Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers with around 1.75 million members located all throughout India ...

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Data Management, Client Data Management, Data Capacity