The Principled Agent

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Honey, I shrunk the Social Impact

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Lee Crawfurd, who you may know has the best economics blog (previously) in South Sudan, recently highlighted a study that assessed the impact of a job placement program in France. The paper provides an excellent case study in how perceived impact can disappear, highlighting the importance of sound estimation of what would happen without an intervention, i.e., the counterfactual.

The program provided assistance to jobseekers, and depending on how you measured your impact, you would have received a very different story. Read the rest of this entry »


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January 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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Measuring Impact in CSR, Impact Investing

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The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Impact Investing movements have each developed reporting guidelines and impact reports to measure the positive social impact of business activities. On the corporate side, there are GRI’s Sustainable Reporting guidelines, and IFC/World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s “Measuring Impact: Understanding the business contribution to society.” Social investors have created their own assessment tools and come together to develop industry standards with the Global Impact Investment Rating System. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Chris Prottas

April 4, 2011 at 7:25 am

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