What is wrong with current monitoring and evaluation practices?

Questions about whether development programmes “work” have preoccupied the development sector for a long time. In today’s reality of continued economic hardship, coupled by diminishing resources and mounting sector scepticism, development practitioners face even more pressure to demonstrate the results, change and impact of their activities. Management consulting in this field therefore has to include monitoring and evaluation. Measurement practices …

Towards better monitoring and evaluation practice in performance measurement

Performance measurement is at the heart of all efforts by social investors and grantmakers to make social/community investment and development more effective. Philanthropists, donors, social and impact investors, governments and development agencies alike need more credible and timely evidence about their performance. While acknowledging that financial resources alone cannot drive sustainable development, the industry must strive to better understand how different types of development and …

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A 21st Century methodology to evaluate CSI impacts and returns

The Investment Impact Index™ One of the biggest issues for the development sector in Africa is how to determine whether we have really made a difference through any given social investment programme, and what kind of difference we have made. Have our interventions improved the lives of those they set out to change for the better? Have resources and funds been meaningfully …

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Investment Impact Index

A detailed impact assessment methodology developed by Next Generation Consultants for determining impact and return on investment for the grantmaking and social development sectors.

Measuring impact – and getting better at it

We started our impact journey in 2009. It is only through looking back that we realised how far we have come. We did not set out to change the world, simply to answer a single question: What difference did we make? Since then, we have assessed more than 600 programmes worth more than R3 billion. We have assessed development programmes …

Evidence of impact and return – 2015

This presentation was given at the Sustainable Brands Africa Conference in May 2016. It provides case studies and lessons learnt of conducting numerous impact assessments. It also provides advice of how to conduct impact assessments, what indicators to consider and how to determine return on investment.

Determining impact and return: How now?

How to measure the impact and return on investment of community/social programmes has plagued industry practitioners for a long time. The Investment Impact Index™ was developed as a uniquely African methodology to solve this problem. Until now there has been a lot of focus on monitoring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of social, community and enterprise development programmes. Moving to …

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Determining the ROI of (corporate) community investment and development

Over the last 20 years (corporate) community involvement (CI) or corporate social investment and development (CSI) has evolved from an add-on activity to a bona fide line function with bottom-line accountabilities. Like any other business function it is expected to add value (returns) to the business. For community involvement adding value means creating a shared and/or blended value proposition — …

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Measuring the social impact & ROI of CSI

Social and community investment and development programmes have become critically important for companies worldwide. As a result of the increasing demand for robust corporate governance and an illustration of the “licence to operate”, growing consumer awareness, as well as a growing global awareness of the divide between rich (corporates) and poor (communities), companies and grantmakers are investing billions into corporate social community development …