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Unmesh Sheth

Unmesh Sheth

Unmesh is the founder of the SoPact. SoPact is a personal vision that grew from 30 years of experience in technology, management, and the social sector.
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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning has been around for many years. Commonly referred to as ME&L, it is a process to improve performance and achieve results. ME&L's main goal is to ensure that the program is adhering..
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5 Worst Mistakes to Avoid During Monitoring and Evaluation Selection

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There is a quiet revolution happening in a corporate boardroom in how they align their business goals with social and environmental impact.  Not a day goes by that we do not see another unique headline where doing good..
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8 Major Monitoring and Evaluation Challenges And How To Overcome Them!

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Topics: monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement

There is a fallacy in the entire social sector that impact measurement is too expensive and is simply a necessary evil to satisfy funders. This fallacy couldn't be further from the truth.  Just four years ago,..
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SDG 3: Scaling Mobile Healthcare Through Evidence-Based Impact Measurement

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Topics: impact measurement, impact strategy, SDG Indicators

Sustainable Development Goals now influence every organization.
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5 Ways: How AI Helps in Actionable Impact Strategy and Management?

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Demonstrating Impact in Collective Impact Models

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Topics: impact framework, theory of change

While many donors demand outcome results continue to increase, there are no established guidelines on how to aggregate program outcomes and successfully tell storytelling. Often time, grantees respond by long..
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Data Journey: From Data Collection to Storytelling

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Systems change is a major buzz in impact investing and impact philanthropy who are interested in improving long term social change.  NPC has very well described what System Change is. But how can achieve this? In this..
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System Change in Impact Investing Ecosystem

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During the last five years, there has been a  movement around various types of collective outcomes and impact programs. Stanford Social Innovation,  FSG and other leading organizations are giving a rise to new ecosystem..
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Measure Social Impact: Social & Economic Return of Collective Impact

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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 have operated differently based on their primary source of..
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Foundations: Social Impact Assessment Starts With You!

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Two years ago, NextBillion.net published Building a Collaborative Social Impact Measurement Operating System. The article concluded that unless we make the process of collecting, sharing and analyzing data accessible..
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SDG impact data pipeline from enterprise to asset owners

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Key Players: Program Director, Learning & Evaluation Director, Program Analysts, Evaluator and IT Director & Team
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Grant Management to Impact Management in Foundations

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In the United States, more than $1.2 Billion is spent just building nonprofit impact reports. And that doesn't include the time spent doing inefficient data gathering across disparate systems of data collection. In..
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How to Build Effective Nonprofit Impact Reports

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Topics: Data Aggregation, impact reporting, impact measurement

  The definition of collective social impact dramatically differs based on the role we are referencing, e.g., impact investor, foundation, government, funding agency, program agency or practitioner. In this blog, we..
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3 ways to calculate the social value of shared impact initiatives

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While the concept of Monitoring & Evaluation has been around for decades, use of Monitoring & Evaluation software has grown ever since US Congress passed a law requiring International Development Programs to set aside..
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Rethinking M&E Software for Impact Management

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Topics: Data Aggregation, monitoring & evaluation

      Social sector organizations have been notorious about building custom solutions for managing their internal data (except for fundraising products). This includes data for programs, clients & other stakeholders...
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How to Leverage SaaS Technology for Social Good

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Topics: Data Aggregation, impact measurement

This week in San Francisco @SOCAP 10th Anniversary I had the opportunity to talk to social impact thinkers, practitioners, and leaders. While many impact investors are navigating different taxonomy and dictionaries of..
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The Future of Impact Management & Social Impact Reporting

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Topics: Impact Management, impact reporting

In recent years, businesses across all sectors have demonstrated concern about acquiring the right technology to solve their impact data management challenges, particularly when it comes to data aggregation software...
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3 Signs That You Need Data Aggregation Platform

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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 years, chances are your impact assessment process (if you have..
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How to Talk about Social Impact Assessment

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Salesforce.org has become the leader in providing a flexible platform for mission-driven organizations to build their own data architecture to manage operations, accounting, donations, and beneficiary data. But this..
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How to Improve Salesforce User Experience

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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 genuine efforts, the reality is often different. Impact..
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The main challenges that non-profits faces in impact measurement

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The social sector is going through a massive change never seen before. Thanks to the advocacy of innovative foundations, impact investments are now becoming mainstream, along with collective impact programs and other..
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Building Efficient Social Sector Initiatives Through New Generation Impact Measurement

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Aggregation of metrics data is rarely discussed. In trying to further understand it, I have talked to several managers of UN-funded initiatives, foundations and impact funds. In most cases, even if they were successful..
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Building a Collaborative Social Impact Assessment Operating System

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