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Base of Pyramid Impact Assessment Framework

Base of Pyramid (BoP) Impact Assessment Framework is a method that helps organizations better understand and improve their on-the-ground poverty
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Base of Pyramid (BoP) Impact Assessment Framework is a method that helps organizations better understand and improve their on-the-ground poverty alleviation impacts. Utilizing this framework provides venture leaders with a structured process to enhance positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts. The BoP Framework provides managers with a robust and systematic approach to conducting: 1) a strategic analysis to gain a deep understanding of their holistic set of impacts, and 2) a performance analysis to identify, track, and improve key indicators over time.  
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Focus: Social Impact

Tags: consultant service, framework, training

William Davidson Institute

MethodGeneral

Getting to Outcomes™

Getting To Outcomes (GTO) provides methods to build capacity, enhance evaluation skills, and facilitate the achievement and documentation of
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Getting To Outcomes (GTO) provides methods to build capacity, enhance evaluation skills, and facilitate the achievement and documentation of outcomes. It is designed to empower local prevention practitioners to adequately develop and assess their own community-based substance abuse prevention programs. The manual includes 10 specific questions with six focused on planning and four on evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability. It is supplemented with face-to-face training and on-site technical assistance. RAND also has Web-based interactive tools and additional manuals for preventing underage drinking and teen pregnancy, assisting community positive youth development programs, and guiding program leaders through the process of submitting proposals and allocating funding and developing contracts.  
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Focus: Social Impact

Tags: case study, guide, training

RAND Corporation, University of South Carolina, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MethodCommunity,
Education,
Health...

Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI)

PPI is a tool that gauges the number of microfinance clients that moves out of poverty over time. The PPI asks 10 questions that are predictive of
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PPI is a tool that gauges the number of microfinance clients that moves out of poverty over time. The PPI asks 10 questions that are predictive of poverty (e.g., what are the walls of your house made of?). Microfinance loan officers then integrate these questions into their standard loan application and maintenance interviews. Data collected over time is aggregated to show movement of groups of clients relative to poverty.  
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Focus: Social Impact

Tags: case study, scorecard/rating, training

Grameen Foundation

ToolMicrofinance

Social IMPact Measurement for Local Economies (SIMPLE)

The SIMPLE approach to social impact assessment is a methodology developed by Social Enterprise London (SEL) in conjunction with University of
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The SIMPLE approach to social impact assessment is a methodology developed by Social Enterprise London (SEL) in conjunction with University of Brighton. It combines internal strategic review with outcomes based assessment to help managers of socially motivated businesses to visualize where and how they make positive contributions to society. Following a two-day training, users are equipped to select appropriate measures with which to collect quantifiable data and have received guidance on how to use that data to put their efforts into the broader context. By using a framework such as SIMPLE, it is possible to identify what evidence of change needs to be collected in order to illustrate the social benefits that the work of the organization creates.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: framework, training

SEEDA, European Social Fund, University of Brighton, Focus Work, SEL, The Cubist

MethodGeneral

Social Investment Risk Assessment (SIRA)

This tool is a questionnaire designed to assess the likelihood that a nonprofit social or human services agency will deliver measurable social
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This tool is a questionnaire designed to assess the likelihood that a nonprofit social or human services agency will deliver measurable social value. The information developed with this tool is intended to be a proxy to help those social investors who want to see measurable good result from their allocation of funds to such organizations. The tool identifies three performance domains – tactical data use, strategic data use, and program value – that together define the likelihood of social value of an agency’s work with two indicators for each domain: data integrity indicator and outcomes focus indicator, making essential adjustments indicator and relating staff efforts to outcomes indicator, and capacity to deliver program/services with fidelity indicator and program impact data indicator. This tool was authored by David Hunter, with assistance from Ingvild Bjornvold and Marie Louise Refsgaard.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: scorecard/rating, survey, training

Hunter Consulting LLC

ToolGeneral

Standards for Excellence® Program

The Standards for Excellence Program relies on the Standards for Excellence publication to serve as a model and tool for nonprofit organizations to
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The Standards for Excellence Program relies on the Standards for Excellence publication to serve as a model and tool for nonprofit organizations to implement in their operations and governance. Based on fundamental values - such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, compassion, responsibility, and accountability - these Standards describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising. Eight guiding principles are provided, along with fifty-five standards. Detailed performance benchmarks enable nonprofits to determine how well they are fulfilling their obligations to stakeholders and how to strengthen their operations. All nonprofit organizations are encouraged to commit to and implement the guiding principles of the Standards for Excellence. The Institute also makes available to member organizations a comprehensive system of educational tools to enable individual nonprofit organizations to improve their governance and management practices. Standards for Excellence certification is available to individual organizations through a rigorous peer review process available nationally through the Standards for Excellence Institute and through licensed partners in selected states (MD, PA, OH, and LA). The Institute offers a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: standards, training

Standards for Excellence Institute

Toolcertified
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Theory of Change Community

The TOC website is devoted to the methodology, use and practice of Theory of Change. At this site you'll find, among other things: 1) When TOC can
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The TOC website is devoted to the methodology, use and practice of Theory of Change. At this site you'll find, among other things: 1) When TOC can help you and how (planning, re-grouping, evaluation, board meetings); 2) How it is best applied (should the scope of your engagement be a day, a month, or a year?); 3) How TOC can be the basis for a major organizational shift towards focusing on outcomes and accountability, while remaining participatory and transparent; and 4) How TOC has been used recently in key topic areas such as social justice, women’s movements, international justice, youth development, structural racism and more. Additionally, the site features a Facilitator’s Guide, published by the Aspen Roundtable, numerous PowerPoints showing the steps to creating TOCs, and finally, the Theory of Change Online, a web-based online drawing tool and database custom designed to create, store, and share Theories of Change. ActKnowledge also offers training and workshops to assist organizations in developing their TOCs.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: case study, framework, guide, strategy, training

ActKnowledge

MethodGeneral
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