SVI Blog

Where Are We Heading?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Andrew Callaghan from Knightstone Housing describes the start of his journey towards implementing an approach to social impact measurement.

Read our March 2014 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Check out our March newsletter for impact news and events.

Are the Big Players Finally Interested in Social Impact? A New Report from EVPA

Wednesday, March 26th, 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.

How Do We Classify Our Outcomes and Impact Indicators?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Can we classify outcomes and impact indicators better?

A Clash of Mindsets: Finding a middle way between different impact methodologies. Part 2

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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

Read our February 2014 Newsletter

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Full of impact news and events.

Easy Ways For Philanthropic Donors To See If They’re Doing Well

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Identifying and measuring a funder’s impact is difficult. Giving Evidence introduce 5 tools to help funders better understand their performance.

A Clash of Mindsets: Finding a middle way between different impact methodologies. Part 1

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Joy MacKeith from Triangle discusses the tensions between key approaches to social impact analysis.

How Do You Put Impact Measurement at the Heart of What You Do?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Harry Hoare from Social Finance UK discusses how Social Impact Bonds make measurement king.

How Can We Reconcile Evaluation with Politics?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Ben Rickey from ANSA summarises his workshop at our 2013 annual conference, discussing the difficulties that evaluators face in influencing the development of public policies.