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Nonprofits

 

Innovative ideas to help leaders of nonprofits and NGOs be more effective

 
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Reflection Through Narrative

How international organizations gain insight, innovation, and internal alignment through story.

 
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Nonprofits

Moving From Verbal to Visual Cause Marketing

Why nonprofit leaders need to improve their visual fluency—plus a crash course on how to do it.

By Curtis Chang | Apr. 15, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

A new, groundbreaking initiative will codify and quantify the factors used in social impact programs that are proven to produce outcomes.

By Jason Saul & Matt Groch | 3 | Apr. 9, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Setting the Stage to Measure Impact in Health

A new catalog of metrics can help investors and organizations demonstrate that positive financial returns and social returns can be twinned.

 

Philanthropy

Measuring Impact Isn’t for Everyone

Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not.

By Mary Kay Gugerty & Dean Karlan | Apr. 2, 2014
 
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Foundations

Experimentation: A Shortcut to Innovation

Leading organizations are placing bets on action over rhetoric.

By Meg Busse | Apr. 1, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Broadening the Aperture of Measurement

What research can and does tell us about unconditional cash transfers.

By Jeremy Shapiro & Johannes Haushofer | 1 | Mar. 26, 2014
 

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