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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 allocated …

Let’s do social innovation rather than corporate social investment

Companies cannot be sustainable if the communities they depend on for future business are unsustainable. While this may sound as logical and common sensical as continually adapting CSI efforts to keep up in an ever-changing world, so many corporates have been riding the wave of change on the same old social investment board for several years. The world will continue …

Implementing social innovation strategies at a systemic level: A wish list for 2018

Spring has officially sprung and we’re heading towards the planning phase for the forthcoming financial year. There is no better time to clean out the CSI closet and consider more innovative approaches that can equip us to better manage risk, face challenges and maximise opportunities along the value chain. To set up your CSI division or foundation for new growth, …

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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 …

Social innovation: Contributor and driver of future value and capital

Even today, many development practitioners find it hard to prove the value (and the business case for that matter) that social and community development delivers and contributes to the future sustainability of a business. However, because we have proved through impact assessments that measure both the impact (on beneficiaries and investment portfolios or themes) and return on investment for the …

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 …