Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies and Impact Investors

1st Edition

Marc J. Epstein, Kristi Yuthas

Routledge
Published March 19, 2014
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9781907643996 - CAT# Y366448

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Summary

Identifying, measuring and improving social impact is a significant challenge for corporate and private foundations, charities, NGOs and corporations. How best to balance possible social and environmental benefits (and costs) against one another? How does one bring clarity to multiple possibilities and opportunities? Based on years of work and new field studies from around the globe, the authors have written a book for managers that is grounded in the best academic and managerial research.It is a practical guide that describes the steps needed for identifying, measuring and improving social impact. This approach is useful in maximizing the impact of different types of investments, including grants and donations, impact investments, and commercial investments.With numerous examples of actual organizational approaches, research into more than fifty organizations, and extensive practical guidance and best practices, Measuring and Improving Social Impacts fills a critical gap.

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