Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Measuring Social Impact


Innovative ways to measure the impact that an organization has on society


Elusive Effectiveness

A look at how to examine the effectiveness of community advocacy and representation.


Broader Evidence for Bigger Impact

Defining credible evidence has polarized into two camps that must be brought together to tackle social problems effectively.


Climate Science as Culture War

The public debate around climate change is no longer about science—it’s about values, culture, and ideology.


Roundtable on Collective Impact

A discussion of the ways in which growing numbers of communities are aligning resources and pulling together to create significant change on a community problem.

By Eric Nee & Michele Jolin | Fall 2012

A GPS for Social Impact

Root Capital and Acumen Fund propose a system for program evaluation that is akin to GPS.


Framing the Issue

Basic principles and practices can inform efforts to monitor performance, track progress, and assess the impact of foundation strategies, initiatives, and grants.


A Focus on Culture

How the Ford Foundation is engaging its global staff in building a shared culture of results.


Learning from Silicon Valley

How the Omidyar Network uses a venture capital model to measure and evaluate effectiveness.


Shared Outcomes

How the Rockefeller Foundation is approaching evaluation with developing country partners.


Get Feedback

It is essential to build direct consumer feedback into funding criteria for government and nonprofit programs serving low-income people.