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Measuring Social Impact


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


Measuring Social Impact

Ten Years of Performance Measurement

Five successes to celebrate, and five areas where we need to see more progress.

By Matthew Forti | Mar. 26, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Steps to Successful Performance Management

Practical advice to help organizations implement results-focused performance management—part two of a two-part series.

By David E. K. Hunter | 1 | Mar. 19, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Getting Out from Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Why organizations need to build capacities to manage performance, and how they can develop a “theory of change” to do so—part one of a two-part series.

By David E. K. Hunter | Mar. 19, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact: Keep It Clear and Simple

How clearly defining measures, and keeping them simple and meaningful, has helped World Vision increase access to clean water.

By Larry Probus | 3 | Mar. 15, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

Impact Over Organizational Interest

A look at new research from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

By Kathleen P. Enright | 2 | Feb. 26, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

Mind the Gap

Stronger ties between academic evaluators and social innovators would hugely benefit both sides.

By Neil Reeder | 1 | Feb. 25, 2013
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#SMoP-ping Up Nonprofit Social Media Angst

Frameworks and tools for building strategy—a report from the Social Media on Purpose conference.

By Jenifer Morgan | 3 | Jan. 31, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Through Field Experiments

It is important to remember that while all this studying is great, innovators should place a higher priority on helping people when some program or product is effective.

By Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan | Jan. 25, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

How to Ask the Right Questions

Who is the target population for a microcredit intervention? Your answer will depend largely on where you sit: Academics and microfinance institutions will be interested in different groups of people.

By Jenny Stefanotti | Jan. 25, 2013

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Over Time

It is perhaps no coincidence that the development community’s biggest successes—eradication initiatives like polio and smallpox—are precisely the ones that made monitoring central to their work.

By Ned Breslin | Jan. 25, 2013