Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Bridging Evaluation and Impact Measurement and Management

Session Number: 1351
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: Panel
Tags: development evaluation, Impact Investing, Impact Measurement and Management, Social Impact Measurement
Session Chair: Jane Reisman [Social Impact Advisor - Jane Reisman Ph.D.]
Discussant: Charles Coustan [Portfolio Manager, Impact Invesments - MacArthur Foundation]
Presenter 1: Jane Reisman [Social Impact Advisor - Jane Reisman Ph.D.]
Presenter 2: Alyna Erin Wyatt, Partner [Partner - Genesis Analytics]
Presenter 3: Ben Fowler, MarketShare Associates
Presenter 4: Leah Goldstein Moses [CEO - The Improve Group]
Session Facilitator: Jane Reisman [Social Impact Advisor - Jane Reisman Ph.D.]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jane Reisman [Social Impact Advisor - Jane Reisman Ph.D.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Alyna Erin Wyatt, Partner [Partner - Genesis Analytics]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ben Fowler, MarketShare Associates
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Leah Goldstein Moses [CEO - The Improve Group]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - 10

Abstract 1 Title: Bridging the Gap and Identifying Pathways Going Forward
Presentation Abstract 1:

The parallel streams of social impact measurement practices in the evaluation community and the impact investing community are finding promising points of convergence.  These different communities of practice have developed separately from each other, but demand for putting the "impact" in impact investing is influencing greater harmonization and cross-fertilization--leading to new opportunities for convergence and an important opportunity for the voice of evaluators.
This paper will provide a snapshot of the landscape and illuminate emerging trends driven by impact investors and market builders in which evaluators are actively partnering and contributing.   


Abstract 2 Title: How Genesis Analytics Bridged the Gap: Embedding SDGs in Measuring the Impact in Impact Investing
Presentation Abstract 2:

A UK-based fund aiming to support capital markets in Africa engaged an M&E specialist team to support it in determining improved measurement functions for the social impact catalysed by the investments. Its goal is to unlock funding options for undercapitalised firms acting in developmental sectors. While the fund has a developmental mandate and tracks social and environmental impact indicators, since the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals there is a need to better define and communicate how the fund is contributing to the SDGs, while achieving its commercial goals.  Alyna Wyatt will discuss how the evaluation practitioners supported the fund to embed these social metrics.


Abstract 3 Title: How MarketShare Associates Bridged the Gap: Using Mixed Methods to Assess Impact of Social Enterprises
Presentation Abstract 3:

MarketShare Associates (MSA) supports impact investors, foundations and bilateral donors to understand the full impacts of their work. In 2018, MSA worked with the Argidius Foundation to assess its investments to date in Yunus Social Business Uganda (YSBU). YSBU has used a combination of accelerator support and direct investments to support the growth of high-potential businesses in Uganda. MSA used a mixed methods approach to assess the impacts created by Argidius and YSBU to date. In this session, Ben Fowler from MSA will share lessons learned from their experience collecting data from time-pressed social enterprises and establishing a counterfactual to determine net impact in the context of a rapidly evolving model.


Abstract 4 Title: How The Improve Group Bridged the Gap: Evaluation of Market Gaps Using Community-Driven Development Principles
Presentation Abstract 4:

Compatible Technology International brings together farmers, engineers and business to solve social problems, such as the market gap for smallholder farmers to consistently, easily, and cheaply process quality millet grain . Engineers and farmers used a design-build-design approach to develop and manufacture a thresher that could meet these needs. A 2017 award from USAID-Senegal allowed CTI to pilot a program in Senegal to address market gaps along the post-harvest section of the supply chain. The program addresses parts of the supply chain often missed in traditional development– from developing a local manufacturing base to build threshers, to adoption by farmers, to facilitating linkages between farmers and institutional buyers. Impact measurement is exploring direct (I.e., higher yield) and indirect (I.e., economic empowerment) impacts. Leah Goldstein Moses will share (1) how principles of community-driven development are reflected in the evaluation; (2) evaluation methods used to measure impact; and (3) lessons learned.  


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The Social Impact Measurement TIG is in its early stage of development and this area remains largely unfamiliar to most evaluators.  Our panel will be offered by the TIG leadership group to orient those interested in learning more about this growing field. We will address the following topics: 

  • the broad landscape of social impact measurement
  • emergent trends of interest to evaluators
  • showcased sample projects led by evaluators related to social impact measurement

The session's discussant will represent an investor's point of view to reflect on the presentations made in this session and promising paths forward for evaluators' engagement with social impact measurement.   The rapidly growing field of impact investing and other market solutions is emerging as a powerful force in the social and environmental impact scene and evaluators have a significant opportunity to contribute to and influence the development of the social impact measurement field.



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