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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 | 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: 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 ...

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Impact Management, Impact growth, impact investing
Hetal Sheth | Dec 11, 2017 3:45:57 PM

Build Funder Specific Impact Report With Ease

      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 Visualization, Perspectives on Reporting, impact report
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 1, 2017 3:53:31 PM

Blueprint of Future M&E Software and Impact Management Platforms

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

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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

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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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

ImpactTech with SaaS

 

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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

 

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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 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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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
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, Reporting
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 Management, Metrics
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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Metrics
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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Metrics
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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Impact Management
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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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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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
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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SaaS, Salesforce
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 Management, Reporting
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 Management, Reporting
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 Management, Impact Management
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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Reporting, Metrics
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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Reporting, 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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Metrics
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 ...

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Impact Management, Reporting, Metrics
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. ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Social Impact
Unmesh Sheth | Nov 10, 2016 5:54:27 AM

Impact Conversations: Actionable Impact Management

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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Unmesh Sheth | Nov 7, 2016 3:06:41 PM

The main challenges that non-profits faces in impact management

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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Unmesh Sheth | Feb 29, 2016 11:58:07 PM

Building a Collaborative Social Impact Assessment Operating System

Aggregation of metrics data is rarely discussed. In trying to further understand it, I have talked to several managers of UN-funded initiatives, foundations ...

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Unmesh Sheth | Jun 5, 2015 4:36:59 PM

Measure What Matters & Demonstrate Impact Management Effectively

The rise in social impact funding is putting a much-needed focus on effective impact measurement for internal decision-making and external transparency. ...

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Impact Management, impact data, impact report
Unmesh Sheth | May 15, 2015 8:30:23 AM

Membership, Monitoring & Data Management at SEWA

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, membership management, monitoring & evaluation