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An impact measurement framework to improve investment decisions

Make improved and informed investment decisions with the Investment Impact Index™ – An impact measurement framework that makes investment visions a reality. Historically the volume of data when measuring and managing impact has been a challenging, time consuming and expensive task. Philanthropists and social impact investors alike have strived to make better investment and development …

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Performance Measurement And Management – Future Critical Tools For Social And Impact Investors

Performance measurement and management practices – monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment – play an invaluable role in providing insights into becoming more effective. Lessons from past evaluation studies have shaped our current approach to development. The field of performance management continues to evolve in response to key pressures, reflecting and influencing trends in development thinking. While the tools …

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Social Impact Assessment And Return On Investment (SROI)

Social impact assessment is one of our core services. What is corporate social investment or impact investment without measurement? The goal of impact assessment is to drive improvements that increase the value of programmes and investments for the people they serve. Next Generation’s impact assessments consider: Individual programmes Investment portfolios Sector-specific focus areas It determines …

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Measuring The Social Impact & ROI Of CSI

Social and community investment and development programmes have become critically important for companies worldwide. As a result of the increasing demand for robust corporate governance and an illustration of the “licence to operate”, growing consumer awareness, as well as a growing global awareness of the divide between rich (corporates) and poor (communities), companies and grantmakers …

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Measuring Impact – And Getting Better At It

We started our impact journey in 2009. It is only through looking back that we realised how far we have come. We did not set out to change the world, simply to answer a single question: What difference did we make? Since then, we have assessed more than 600 programmes worth more than R3 billion. …

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A 21St Century Methodology To Evaluate CSI Impacts And Returns

The Investment Impact Index™ One of the biggest issues for the development sector in Africa is how to determine whether we have really made a difference through any given social investment programme, and what kind of difference we have made. Have our interventions improved the lives of those they set out to change for the better? Have …

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Determining The ROI of (Corporate) Community Investment and Development

Over the last 20 years (corporate) community involvement (CI) or corporate social investment and development (CSI) has evolved from an add-on activity to a bona fide line function with bottom-line accountabilities. Like any other business function it is expected to add value (returns) to the business. For community involvement adding value means creating a shared …

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Best Practice In Measuring Social Impact And Return On Investment Of CSI

In the social development field, one of the most cited questions from investors and participatory stakeholders regarding social/community development and investment projects is:  “How will you measure your social impact /outcome / change of the development programme?” In the business field, what still really matters most is: “What is the return on investment of your …

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