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Measuring Social Impact

 

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

 

Philanthropy

Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Tools for Realizing Results

To enable significant impact, organizations should ask three key questions and decide if formal planning and evaluation are the right approaches to finding the answers.

By Paul Carttar | 2 | Mar. 21, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Big Impact vs. Big Promises

Many charities claim more impact than cash transfers. How many deliver?

By Holden Karnofsky | 2 | Mar. 20, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Structural Revolution and the Social Sector

How field-level strategies could help shift the social sector toward a relentless focus on maximizing impact.

By Tris Lumley | 7 | Mar. 13, 2014
 
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Philanthropy

Developing a Culture of Knowledge Management

The three types of data foundations need—and how they must use them.

By Brad Smith | 1 | Mar. 11, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring the Indirect Impacts of Market Innovators

Why measuring indirect impact matters and how on earth we can do it.

By Paul Breloff & Rishabh Khosla | 5 | Mar. 4, 2014
 

Government

Innovation to Impact: Obama’s Social Innovation Fund at Four

Progress, pitfalls, and what lies ahead.

By Michael Smith | 1 | Mar. 3, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Rethinking the E Word

Broadening the definition of evidence can lead to more confident and informed philanthropic decisions.

By Katherina Rosqueta | 2 | Feb. 28, 2014
 
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Measuring Social Impact

Assessing Funders’ Performance: Five Easy Tools

Measuring impact is so tough that many funders give up, but there are some insightful and actionable tools for funders that aren’t daunting.

By Caroline Fiennes | 3 | Feb. 26, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Transforming Our Anti-Social Sector

Our sector’s trajectory does not point to a pivotal future role in solving social problems—what might a new paradigm look like, and could we ever get there?

By Tris Lumley | 6 | Feb. 10, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Cracking the Code on Social Impact

An emerging measurement approach emphasizes the value in standardizing outcomes for the whole social sector.

By Jason Saul | 7 | Feb. 6, 2014