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WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT (SIM) TIG

Greetings SIM TIG members: 

As we solidly move into 2018, we have much to share with you about SIM TIG activities, plans and ways for you to engage with the TIG and/or assume leadership roles. 

First, a hearty thanks to Rita Fierro for expertly leading us through strategic thinking about the path forward for this new AEA TIG.  Rita launched the strategy planning work with us during our business meeting portion of AEA and continued to facilitate the process over the next two months.  Her report is available to all of us now and is listed in the right sidebar.  The report identifies five key areas of TIG member needs: 

  1. Leadership Opportunities 
  2. Network and Mentoring 
  3. Thought Partnership 
  4. Access to Resources, Trends, and Tools 
  5. Training 

The report goes on to identify four priority areas for focused attention:  convening, equity, translating, and curating.  Each of these areas could have many specific action steps and the report details out a few options. 

The TIG Leadership team will use this report to guide planning and priorities this year through the various means available to the TIG (e.g., conference proposal solicitation, blog posts, pre-conference workshops, AEA TIG website).  As the report suggests that this TIG honor principles of co-creation and collective leadership, we are inviting all TIG members to consider where and how you would like to become involved with animating this TIG.   

Action Requested:  

Please share back with us which areas you would like to personally engage in and whether you would like to develop a leadership role in any of these areas. 

Second, the AEA Requests for Proposals has been announced and we look forward to many submissions from TIG members and the broader AEA and SIM communities.  We encourage you to consider the range of focii that have been raised in the Strategy report as you develop your proposals.  We are mindful that this TIG attracts people who are new to thinking about Social Impact Measurement (from a market-solutions and innovative finance perspective) and those who have been steeped in this area for some time and have dedicated a significant attention to this area of evaluation.   This array of needs will be important when considering the variety of conference sessions that this TIG puts forward.  We were fortunate to have about 17 sessions accepted last year and given that our membership numbers have increased since that time, we may have even more slots this year.  Of course, we are in the market for proposal reviewers. This is a good way to see the range of interest and expertise in our ranks! 

Action Requested: 

1) Please develop proposal submissions for AEA 2018. 
2) If you have ideas for panel sessions that we would need to coordinate across TIG members, please reach out to us.​ 
3​) Please let us know if you would like to be a proposal reviewer. 

Third, is the AEA 365 Blog Week for our TIG—April 16th-21.  Given the "start-up" phase of our TIG, this may be a good opportunity for members to become more familiar with each other and the work that we are doing in this area.  We are dedicating our first Blog Week in April to increasing the awareness of our own members and the broader community about how evaluators are engaging with Social Impact Measurement. The AEA 365 Blog has a standard template to follow​ which is available here:http://aea365.org/blog/contribution-guidelines/ 

Action Requested: ​​ 

1) Please submit your ideas for a​ blog post for the AEA 365 week to Alyna who will then coordinate directly with the contributors​.  We intend to integrate submissions into our website as well. 

Fourth, is the AEA meeting itself.  Veronica Olazabal had the opportunity to visit the conference site in Cleveland and is raving about the facilities for the conference.  The conference hotel is situated in a scenic location and is spacious and hospitable. We may even have sections of the conference meeting rooms dedicated to each TIG which will facilitate greater informal interaction among TIG members and ease in finding and attending TIG session.   

Action Requested:   

1) Please come to Cleveland and invite others in your networks to attend as well--especially evaluation and social impact measurement practitioners who have not previously engaged with AEA.   

Fifth, is the European Evaluation Association (EES).  We are in close contact with Fredrik Korfker who chairs The Working Group on Private Sector Evaluation.  Fredrik has indicated interest in having our TIG coordinate a session with the EES Working Group at the EES 13th Biennial Conference Oct 1st - 5th in Thessaloniki Greece.  Our SIM TIG member Kruno Karlovcec has volunteered to be our liaison to the EES. 

Action Requested:    

Please reach out to Kruno if you are interested in engaging with EES' Working Group on Private Sector Evaluation (kruno.karlovcec@gmail.com) and cc us as well. 

As you can see, we are all charged up and ready to keep the wonderful momentum going as we build out the SIM TIG's place on the landscape.  In the event that you do not wish to receive emails about the TIG going forward, please notify us so we can delete you name from the email list. 

Best, 

Jane Reisman, Chair 

Alyna Wyatt, Program Chair 

AEJ Updates

SIM TIG received 16 abstracts of which 11 were accepted for inclusion in the conference (69%). The presentations that will be showcased at Eval 2018 cover a diversity of issues within the Social Impact Measurement space. These include sessions digesting the issues as it pertains to bridging the gap between Impact Investment and Evaluation, a look at a variety of tools and mechanisms for measuring the outcomes and impact resulting from innovative financing initiatives, and importantly, experiences elevating and showcasing the voice of the beneficiaries to ensure that ‘Impact’ is at the centre of Impact Investment.

TIG is looking forward to welcoming new members to the fold throughout the conference and learning about integrating more evaluation experience into our SIM discussions.

WHAT'S NEW

Interested in resources? Navigate here.

Check out our SIM_TIG_Strategy_Report_2018.pdf! If you are interested in leading action around any of the strategy areas, please contact Jane or Alyna.


Contribute to or get resources from the GIIN Impact Toolkit. More info available on our Reports and Tools page.

Conferences
See our Conference session resources web page for notes on recent conferences related to this sector.
Please let us know if you have any upcoming conferences that are relevant to SIM. We are happy to post! Email: saras@theimprovegroup.com

Training

Oxford Impact Measurement Programme