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Posts written by Alan Pierce

Alan is a social sector consultant and one of the founding directors of Quantica Education, a school of social entrepreneurship in Colombia. Alan has published more than 100 blogs and articles, managed global research projects, & facilitated dozens of workshops for entrepreneurs in Latin and South America.

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 owners, 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
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

Understanding How to Wield Social Return on Investment (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
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
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
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
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 : Social Impact Assessment

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 ...

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Reporting, Metrics
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 Measurement & Communication

      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? 4 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