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» March 2014
Ruth Whateley, SIAA Manager, reports from the launch of EVPA’s guide to how European banks are currently active in venture philanthropy, social investment and impact investment.
Can we classify outcomes and impact indicators better?
by Neil Reeder, Lead Researcher & Director, LSE Cities & Head and Heart Economics There is, amongst many attempting to grow social enterprises, a backlash as to the perceived ‘gold standard’ of RCTs. For randomized approaches are often seen as expensive and/or producing results that relate to particular contexts (for clients’ conditions, community networks, and alternative forms of support) and so are not transferable. Nancy Cartwright’s 2012 book Evidence-based policy: a practical guide to doing it better provides a formidable list of ways that naïve assumptions of transferability can go wrong. It’s worth reminding ourselves, however, that gains from good