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Measuring Social Impact


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

Jenifer Morgan is the digital editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review.


#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

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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

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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

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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

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The Mismeasure of Impact

Data scientists and information economists are beginning to pair with social innovators to understand the dynamics of interventions and to separate what works from what doesn’t.

By Andrew Zolli | 4 | Jan. 25, 2013

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Social Sector Measurement: Down but Not Out

Recently released studies confirm that few nonprofits possess the capacity to measure for continuous improvement, but new initiatives launched in 2012 provide hope.

By Matthew Forti | 2 | Dec. 21, 2012

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What’s My Money Doing Today?

Social economy enterprises must think like mutual funds.

By David Batstone | Dec. 21, 2012

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Just Do It

Overcoming three common barriers to measuring impact.

By Liana Downey & Megan Golden | Oct. 5, 2012

Global Issues

Impatient Capital

Highlights from the Clinton Global Initiative 2012.

By Marcia Stepanek | Sep. 28, 2012

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Communicating Impact: If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!

Nonprofits can use tried-and-true mechanisms from the private sector to better communicate their impact to donors

By Matthew Forti | Sep. 25, 2012