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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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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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How we acquire impact data goes a long way towards how much we are able to leverage such data for the benefit of our beneficiaries and other stakeholders. Our approaches need to be catered toward the motivations,..
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One Tool You Must Have for a Lean Data Social Impact Analysis

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There's a common Catch-22 in the social impact assessment or social impact measurement field. Funders often choose metrics based on the varying capacity of grantees.  Paired with the limited data-capacity faced by the..
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The Number One Reason Your Social Impact Assessment Isn't Producing Results

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

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Are you a chief impact officer overwhelmed by a new impact knowledge ecosystem of many impact knowledge sources and maze of standards, framework, and tools? 
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Simplify Impact Management with Impact Knowledge Graph

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Measuring impact is the recognized way in which you show the value your organization is delivering to its beneficiaries and society as a whole. Here are five reasons why measuring impact is important.
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5 Reasons For Measuring Social Impact In Social Enterprise

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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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Measuring impact is the recognized way to show the value your organization is delivering to its beneficiaries and society as a whole. Here are five reasons why measuring impact is important.
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5 Reasons To Measure Social Impact

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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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Congratulations SOCAP for ten years of capital advancing investment to generate community level impacts! At SOCAP every year there is a palpable excitement that goes pretty much unabated until the final sessions on the..
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4 Social Capital Trends Indicate Rise in Social Impact Measurement

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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 capital for the greater good.
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Three Sessions We’re Excited to Attend at SOCAP 2018

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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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Are You a Social Entrepreneur or Social Media Ninja?

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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 impact measurement..
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3 Tips for Managing Social Impact Measurement Projects

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I make report every year for my funders using an impact guidebook developed here at Sopact. It is certainly not a story with pictures and output numbers. Social impact management and reporting provides a clear impact..
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Start Impact Conversations with Actionable Impact Guidebooks

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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 difficult quest to..
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How to Evaluate Impact of Social Innovation Programs

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Are you spending too much time selecting impact metrics? Learn how to choose impact metrics for your organization, programs or projects beyond just IRIS or other standardized metrics. And discover how a..
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9 Reasons to Use Impact Cloud® for Selecting Social Impact Indicators

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Like any other storytelling, Impact Storytelling is also an art. In your social impact report how do you mix qualitative data with quantitative data? And tell a story which not only communicates intended social impact..
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Storytelling Impact Learning & Social Impact Reporting

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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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      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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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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Lean Data, a term popularized by Acumen, refers to collecting high quality data related to social impact in order to demonstrate social change, and to do so with extremely efficient use of resources. In the social..
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What is lean data management?

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Social impact measurement is complicated. Sometimes it feels like a tangled mess of data, indicators, spreadsheets, and numbers that nobody believes. It doesn’t need to be that way. Not if we build up our impact..
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How to measure social impact of a project

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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 data without effective data collection tools. Of course, it is..
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Data collection tools strategy: Tips for successful implementation

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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 impact only when we have..
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Online & Offline Data Collection : Social Impact Measurement

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Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. And they are often “multilingual” in doing so, because with varied listeners comes a need to speak multiple impact languages..
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How to Choose the Right Impact Indicators to Demonstrate Impact

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      Across sectors, organizations are realizing that measuring and communicating impact isn’t just about satiating a moral imperative, it is fundamentally linked to sustainable value creation. And yet, while this..
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Actionable Impact Management & Impact Communication

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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 is important to..
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Why Measure Social Impact? 4 Reasons for Change Makers

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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 rise in social impact funding is putting a much-needed focus on effective impact measurement for internal decision-making and external transparency. Current approaches are often time-consuming and limited to..
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Measure What Matters & Demonstrate Impact Management Effectively

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