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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 Pierce | Dec 13, 2018 1:58:13 PM

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 ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Dec 12, 2018 4:53:34 PM

4 Impact Investing Examples That Will Give You Hope For Systems Change

The World Economic Forum recently outlined the ways in which impact investing could change the world. There are numerous impact investing examples from across ...

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Alan Pierce | Dec 12, 2018 2:08:02 PM

Impact Metrics & Our Most Viewed Blogs of 2018

Whether you’ve used our cloud-based solutions to define and manage your impact metrics or not, the topic generated a buzz on our website throughout the year. ...

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impact metrics, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Dec 11, 2018 2:43:34 PM

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 ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Nov 30, 2018 1:37:36 PM

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. ...

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SDG Indicators, impact metrics
Alan Pierce | Nov 26, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Why SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals is the Most Important Sustainable Development Goal

  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 ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Nov 25, 2018 7:58:11 PM

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: ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Nov 5, 2018 10:48:01 AM

3 Ways Foundations can Scale Climate Change  Solutions

The climate philanthropy is one of many global mechanisms to fund climate change solutions more rapidly and effectively. And yet, historically, it is estimated ...

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sdg reporting, SDG Tracker
Alan Pierce | Oct 29, 2018 9:14:05 PM

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 ...

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impact framework
Alan Pierce | Oct 23, 2018 10:37:41 PM

Foundation Grants & Accountability: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle

In the United States alone foundation grants and giving account for nearly $70 billion annually. That fact implies that a whole lot of impact is being ...

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monitoring & evaluation, impact investing
Alan Pierce | Oct 15, 2018 6:20:34 PM

Three Sessions We’re Excited to Attend at SOCAP 2018

At SOCAP 2018, people from all over the world will be descending upon Fort Mason Center in San Francisco to connect and to be inspired to continue mobilizing ...

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Impact Management, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Oct 14, 2018 12:48:23 PM

How Can Foundations Help Reach the SDG Targets?

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve all the SDG targets is an international endeavor of huge scale. Some estimate that scale to be $6 ...

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SDG Indicators, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Oct 1, 2018 9:34:38 AM

Aligning Your Small 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 ...

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Impact Management, SDG Tracker, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Sep 28, 2018 8:00:55 PM

Bringing Impact Data Management Into the Conversation At Socap 2018

The biggest event of the year in the impact investing sector is about to take place in San Francisco. Every Fall, Social Capital Markets, or SOCAP, brings ...

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Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Sep 25, 2018 10:13:53 PM

Are You a Social Entrepreneur or Social Media Ninja?

It’s no secret that social entrepreneurs are out to change the world. Telling the world that’s what you’re doing and how you’re doing it isn’t so easy.

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

Impact Investing Funds & How to Find Your Ideal Match

The best 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 investing, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Sep 17, 2018 2:46:43 PM

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 ...

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impact strategy
Alan Pierce | Sep 3, 2018 11:42:31 AM

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 ...

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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Aug 29, 2018 1:25:27 PM

Why the Collective Impact Model is the Future of Social Change

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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Aug 21, 2018 2:32:41 PM

How Can a Business Use Global Reporting Initiative with SDG reporting

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

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Impact Management, impact reporting, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Jul 26, 2018 3:21:05 PM

How Impact Investors Can Help Foundations Make Better 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 ...

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impact investing
Alan Pierce | Jul 18, 2018 4:19:27 PM

The Secret to millennials social impact and millennial investing trends

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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impact investing
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 11:21:33 PM

Effective use of IRIS Indicators in your impact measurement practice

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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monitoring & evaluation, impact metrics
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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impact investing, impact metrics
Alan Pierce | Jun 10, 2018 10:44:29 PM

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 ...

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impact 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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monitoring & evaluation, impact metrics, sroi
Alan Pierce | May 28, 2018 5:55:18 PM

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, ...

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monitoring & evaluation, impact reporting, impact metrics, sroi
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2018 12:47:35 PM

Evaluating the 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 ...

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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2018 1:52:22 PM

Improving Social Impact Accounting with 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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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Mar 29, 2018 6:11:13 PM

Searching for social impact metrics? Use this tool to go beyond IRIS metrics

Why do so many impact-oriented organizations spend an enormous amount of time defining a theory of change or a logic model? These could be foundations, ...

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impact measurement, impact 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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impact strategy
Alan Pierce | Dec 11, 2017 3:51:37 PM

Social Impact Measurement Workshop for Mission-driven Organizations

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

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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, and in many cases ...

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Impact Management, impact reporting, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2017 11:21:04 AM

Data collection tools strategy: Tips for successful implementation

Did you miss Part One of this blog? Read it here. Social impact measurement cannot be done without collecting impact data. And we cannot collect good impact ...

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

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 ...

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impact reporting, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Feb 11, 2017 10:35:39 AM

How to Choose the Right Impact Indicators to Demonstrate Impact

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 metrics, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Dec 2, 2016 11:37:10 AM

Actionable Impact Management & Impact 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 reporting, impact measurement, impact 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 measurement