Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Learning From Action: International Perspectives on Social Impact Measurement

Session Number: SIM1
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Heather Esper [Senior Program Manager - William Davidson Institute]
Presenter 1: Luisa Cordoba [Senior Manager, Business council - InterAction]
Presenter 2: Krunoslav Karlovcec [Adviser at the Ministry for economic development and technology]
Presenter 3: Alyna Erin Wyatt, Partner [Partner - Genesis Analytics]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Mishkah Jakoet [Manager - Genesis Analytics]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (06:30 PM - 07:15 PM)
Room: Roosevelt 1

Abstract 1 Title: Intersecting fields: international development evaluation and impact investing social impact measurement. What are the implications for development agencies doing impact investing?
Presentation Abstract 1:

Increasingly, international aid agencies are looking for new ways to work with the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As more agencies are entering the impact investing field they are asking to what extent, and how, investors, intermediaries and businesses are investing in quality evaluative practices to assess impact. This paper presents research findings from research, conducted by the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, that looked at what information investees value sufficiently that they will collect, analyse and use performance and impact information without subsidises from aid agencies; how fund managers think about and assess attribution compared to aid agencies; and how good practice results measurement in international development might add value to impact investing actors’ work throughout the impact investing process. The paper highlights where actors’ values and expectations of social impact measurement align, the implications for development agencies and opportunities for cross-learning to improve social impact measurement practices.

Abstract 2 Title: Introducing territorial dimension to social impact – a case study of Slovenia
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Social entrepreneurship in Slovenia was initially introduced as a pilot project, aiming to build-up the capacity of social economy in the least developed Slovenian region (Pomurje).   The normative framework was set-up in 2012 when the Social Entrepreneurship Act was adopted in the National Assembly. The act put too much focus on ex-ante necessities (f.e. legal requirements of social enterprise, registration process, annual performance report form), and neglected the importance of social impact for adequate balance of supply and demand.   To fill this gap, a study was conducted in 2014 to introduce appropriate methods of social impact measurement. The study recommends to use the Social return on investment (SROI) to determine social impact. Furthermore, SROI should be supported by the Theory of Change as a comprehensive intervention logic. In my proposal, I try to go one step further and propose to incorporate the territorial dimension in the measurement of social impact.  

Abstract 3 Title: Extending the conversation: Social Impact Measurement at the African Evaluation Association Conference 2017
Presentation Abstract 3:

Traditionally, there has been a deep divide between the traditional ‘development’ players and the private sector, particularly in Africa. At the African Evaluation Association conference held in March 2017 in Uganda, the recent convergence of impact investors and evaluators was carried forward to the African continent. This convergence was purposefully elevated at the African meeting of evaluators by bringing together stakeholders from all angles of this conversation to share, discuss and consolidate a position on what needs to happen in Africa to ensure that impact investors and evaluators are accountable and adding value to all the stakeholders. This paper will present the exchanges that were held at AfrEA so that the AEA evaluators can get feedback from the African experience, and continue along the evolving journey, drawing and learning from the African practices – many of which have originated from indigenous experiences and practices.

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