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This edition includes comments from a recent thread about measuring the social impact of a social enterprise.
SEA CHAPTERS ON THE RISE!
SEA chapters are springing up all over the place! Be sure to check in to see if there's one in your neck of the woods. If not, help organize a new one!
Here's the list of locations with chapters or moving in that direction, with established chapters marked with *'s. More information at http://www.se-alliance.org/membership_chapters.cfm
Michael Whitehead-Bust and I are organizing the Colorado chapter. It's expected to launch November 12.
MEASURING SOCIAL IMPACT
Here are excerpts from a recent thread about measuring social impact:
(1) Marie Beichert
I currently use both the REDF and Venture Philanthropy Partners assessment
models with my social enterprise clients. It is ordinarily an arduous process to
convince organizations with limited capacity that their efforts in this regard
will be more than worthwhile, but with regular updates on groups that have been
successful both programmatically and in their fundraising efforts, they
eventually are won over.
I am also involved in an exciting new capacity-building pilot of a new online
social change assessment tool funded by The San Francisco and Hewlett
Foundations. Still in beta but has much promise. Stay tuned and I will post the
link here when ready!
(2) From Elli Malki
The following article provides a rational framework of the limits of impact
The theoretical approach looks at impact measurement as the only "scientific"
way to evaluate to nonprofits success. However, as many practitioners know,
impact measurement can sometimes be impossible, or theoretically possible but
practically not feasible. The article presents explicitly in which cases we can
expect that impact measurement will be possible and which cases it's not.
When we cannot measure impact we can at least evaluate it based on subjective
judgment. I found AHP to be a powerful tool for that. The technique is described
in the following article and in my book - Measuring the Things that Count -
Quantitative Methods for the Management of Nonprofits.
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