Impact Perspective 

The latest global trends in social impact measurement, management

Alan Pierce

Alan Pierce

Alan is a social sector consultant and one of the founding directors of Quantica Education, a school of social entrepreneurship in Colombia.

How to Choose the Right Impact Indicators to Demonstrate Impact

Choose Right Impact Indicators  Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. The key to achieving proficiency in that journey is first to understand wh...

3 Tips for Managing Social Impact Measurement Projects

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 complicated, requiring a refined social impa...

A Guide on Choosing 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 done. But gender lens investing, and the i...

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Moving from Millennium Development Goal To Sustainable Development Goal

Global development planning and initiatives have changed immensely in recent decades. There’s been a move from a fragmented approach to a more integrated and aligned strategy thanks to the advent of t...

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5 Ways to Improve Nonprofit Theory of Change Model

Every nonprofit should define a theory of change (TOC). We know that this doesn’t happen in many organizations, and even worse still, when it does the TOC remains poorly constructed without much real ...

3 Reasons Why Collective Impact Model is the Future of Social Change

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SDG Impact Indicators for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Part 2)

Reports year after year tell us that we are far behind schedule on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN some years ago. These SDG impact measurement efforts should be met...

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Impact Investing Trends That Are Changing the World

The World Economic Forum recently outlined the ways in which impact investing could change the world. With sector growth skyrocketing in recent years, it is clear that traditional investing is becomin...

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Ensuring Quality SDG Measurement for all 17 SDG Goals (Part 1)

Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals represents an urgent need on a global scale. With those needs are opportunities for innovative solutions and along with each solution, a need f...

SDG Indicators for SDG 4: Quality Education Includes Health & Poverty

How can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ? We can bring them as close to the finish line as possible only by leveraging our target strategy. If we strategically align the targets an...

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Why SDG 17 is the Most Important UN SDG?

  If you check any list which ranks the most important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), you won’t find SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals at the top, or even near the top, of any of them.

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Understanding SDG 11 Indicators for Sustainable Cities and Communities

By the year 2050, nearly 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. That fact alone should be enough to explain the urgency of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and achi...

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5 Impact Learnings  From Family Foundation Impact Investing

If you search Google for family foundation impact investing one of the first results you’ll get is a link to the Russell Family Foundation web page. And for good reason. This foundation took a big ris...

Aligning Business With The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ostensibly a vision. They’re a shared framework for a path to a better world. But who are they for? Development organizations, non-profits, other social...

How to Find the Right Impact Investing Fund for Your Organization

The best impact investing funds offer the socially-conscious investor an actionable way to create an impact with their investments, alongside financial returns. In this article, we'll take a look at h...

Understanding Social Performance with Theory of Change

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

How Can a Business Use Global Reporting Initiative

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

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Here's How to Improve Your Foundations' Mission Related Investments

You might think that foundations allocate a considerable amount of their capital towards mission-related investing. You wouldn’t be rash for thinking this, but you would still be wrong. In this articl...

Common Pitfalls When Using IRIS Indicators (And How to Avoid Them)

Superficial impact metrics  or simply copying and pasting IRIS metrics over your activities might be cost effective and make you feel good about the “impact” you seem to be generating.

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

The impact space is inundated with impact reports. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Donors and impact investors need to see such impact reports to be updated about progress year after year about t...

3 Tools to Help You Calculate SROI (Social Return on Investment)

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 implementation. In this blog, we'll share...

How to Calculate Social Return On Investment (SROI) - Part 1

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

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How to Evaluate Impact of Social Innovation Programs

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 led to an explosion of interest in the d...

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How to Strategise in the End-to-End Impact Management Ecosystem?

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

SDG Investing - Align Impact Investing with SDG

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have challenged both the public and private sector to amplify the outcomes of purpose-driven work, and in many cases to pursue SDG alignment. Part of this chal...

Online & Offline Data Collection : Social Impact Measurement

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data . When put in the context of social impact assessment, this wisdom from the inimitable Sherlock Holmes suggests that we should communicate impac...

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Why Measure Social Impact? 4 Reasons for Change Makers

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 most obvious, of course, is because it ...


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