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Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors / Edition 1
     

Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors / Edition 1

by Marc J. Epstein, Kristi Yuthas
 

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ISBN-10: 1609949773

ISBN-13: 9781609949778

Pub. Date: 03/14/2014

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

The world is beset with enormous problems. And as a nonprofit, NGO, foundation, impact investor, or socially responsible company, your organization is on a mission to solve them.

But what exactly should you do? And how will you know whether it’s working? Too many people assume that good intentions will result in meaningful actions and leave it at that. But

Overview

The world is beset with enormous problems. And as a nonprofit, NGO, foundation, impact investor, or socially responsible company, your organization is on a mission to solve them.

But what exactly should you do? And how will you know whether it’s working? Too many people assume that good intentions will result in meaningful actions and leave it at that. But thanks to Marc Epstein and Kristi Yuthas, social impact can now be evaluated with the same kind of precision achieved for any other organizational function.

Based on years of research and analysis of field studies from around the globe, Epstein and Yuthas offer a five-step process that will help you gain clarity about the impacts that matter most to you and will provide you with methods to measure and improve them. They outline a systematic approach to deciding what resources you should invest, what problem you should address, and which activities and organizations you should support. Once you’ve made those decisions, you can use their tools, frameworks, and metrics to define exactly what success looks like, even for goals like reducing global warming or poverty that are extremely difficult to measure. Then they show you how to use that data to further develop and increase your social impact.

Epstein and Yuthas personally interviewed leaders at over sixty different organizations for this book and include examples from nearly a hundred more. This is unquestionably the most complete, practical, and thoroughly researched guide to taking a rigorous, data-driven approach to expanding the good you do in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609949778
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/14/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
504,586
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Overview, Objectives, and Organization of the book
Section 1: Why do individuals, corporations, and foundations invest and donate?
Chapter 1: Increasing the Social Impact of Corporations, Charities, and NGOs
Chapter 2: Understanding the investor’s multiple objectives
Chapter 3: Understanding the problem the investor wants to address
Chapter 4: Understanding the investment options
Section 2: Clarifying and defining your social impact
Chapter 5: How to create social impacts
Chapter 6: Clarifying mission, strategy, theory of change, and logic models
Section 3: Measuring and managing social impact
Chapter 7: The basic measurement issues
Chapter 8: Measurement approaches in practice
Chapter 9: Measuring you impact
Section 4: Improving your impact
Chapter 10: Developing a social impact management system
Chapter 11: How to increase your social impact
Chapter 12: Summary and call to action

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