Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Mixed Methods Impact Evaluation empowers Investees to Speak Truths to Powerful Investors

Session Number: 1860
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: action research, Assets/Capacity building, business skills, Capacity Building Evaluation, collaborative evaluation, community based organization, Community Development, Data Collection, developing countries, development evaluation, economic development evaluation, entrepreneurship, evaluation capacity improvement, facilitation skills, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Impact evaluation, Impact Investing, international development evaluation, mixed methods evaluation, Non-Profit Evaluation, qualitative research methods, social enterprise, Social Impact Measurement
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Carter Garber [Executive Director - IDEAS]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - 10

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

A challenge to the social impact investing field is to select tools that are acceptable to both investors and investees. This Demonstration shares the experiences of how 5 impact tools (2 quantitative & 3 qualitative) are adjusted by evaluators and practitioners. Evaluators work with investees (for-profit and non-profit microfinance institutions) and with investors (using borrowed and equity capital). Modifying mid-range assessment tools, they can both prove and improve impact. Evaluators facilitate social enterprise stakeholders to discover outcomes and impacts to be shared with investors. The AIMS-SEEP tools have been adjusted by many investees in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Investors agreed to this impact methodology. Investees speak truths to investors who have power over current and future investments. Both the community-level evaluators and investors are surprised with the quality of results. This allows them to agree on investment and practical changes to increase impact with low-income women and others.

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