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Posts written by Unmesh Sheth

Unmesh is the founder of the social impact measurement company, SoPact and co-founder of the Nonprofit, Ektta. SoPact is a personal vision that grew from 28 years of experience in technology, management, and the social sector.

SoPact aims to transform the global social sector efficiency through data-driven, collective impact measurement and scale social businesses, foundations, government agencies, development projects, CSR initiatives, and impact investments for the benefit of their clients.



Unmesh Sheth | Jun 19, 2018 12:05:43 PM

Creating impact data pipeline from enterprise to asset owners through Impact ID

 Two years ago, NextBillion.net published Building a Collaborative Social Impact Measurement Operating System. The article concluded that unless we make the ...

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Data Management, Impact Communication, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, monitoring & evaluation
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 29, 2018 3:28:21 PM

Grant Management to Impact Management in Foundations

Key Players: Program Director, Learning & Evaluation Director, Program Analysts, Evaluator and IT Director & Team

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Unmesh Sheth | Jan 31, 2018 10:58:38 AM

5 Reasons to think beyond survey tools for impact measurement

  Measuring impact result is becoming an essential requirement in philanthropy and impact investment sectors. Survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, and ...

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Data Aggregation, impact data, social impact measurement tool
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 14, 2017 7:16:54 PM

How to build effective nonprofit impact reports

The US nonprofits spend more than $1.2 Billion just building impact reports and not counting time spent in inefficient data gathering from disparate systems. ...

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Data Management, Data Aggregation, impact report
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 11, 2017 3:49:09 PM

Collective Impact starts with Democratizing Impact Metrics

  The definition of collective social impact dramatically differs based on the role we are referencing, e.g., impact investor, foundation, government, funding ...

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Impact Management, Perspectives on Metrics, Impact growth, impact investing
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
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
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
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
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 15, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Message Received: How to get across the message of your social impact

We know our impact is there – it’s this intangible warm fuzzy feeling that is the reason why we do what we do. How do we communicate this impact to others ...

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Perspectives on Reporting
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
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
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