18 Mar '13, 2pm

Impact investing: Ensuring success means measuring for success

Impact investing: Ensuring success means measuring for success

Conceptual models . Also known as “theories of change” or “results chains,” these are an articulation of the cause and effect relationship of the investment. Conceptual models allow an investor to understand how the intervention (i.e., provision of capital) functions to reduce or mitigate the underlying causes of the problem we hope to solve. Understanding the context of our investment and its potential effects permits the identification of relevant metrics which will be used to monitor and communicate impacts. Standardized metrics. These are essential for communicating impact created by any investment. A common language and method for data collection create an even playing field, which allows for comparability and benchmarking across sectors and impact investing funds. These metrics are selected based on the conceptual model in order to track the expected changes in the c...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/03/18/impact-investing-...

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