Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact


PCV Social Impact Assessment

This is a tool created by Pacific Community Ventures (PCV). PCV invests human, intellectual and financial capital in businesses to create opportunity and shared prosperity for economically underserved communities. As part of fulfilling this mission, through Insight, its center for thought leadership, PCV provides research, knowledge and tools to investors, corporations and other stakeholders to enable them to assess and leverage the community impacts of their investments, operations and other activities. PCV’s methodologies are customized to individual assignments but generally track economic impact in underserved communities, often specifically looking at job growth, flows of investment capital and payroll to underserved communities, diversity, and job quality (e.g., benefits such as health care, wealth building). A key part of PCV’s methodology is its rigorous efforts to compare social performance against applicable market benchmarks. PCV maintains proprietary databases to measure investment impact over time and to isolate social impact that occurs during the actual investment period.

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