San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Challenge of Measuring Social Impact
On the 24th of January 2013 Hub Westminster will be hosting a critical debate on "The Challenge of Measuring Social Impact”
There has been a lot of discussion about the value of measuring social impact but alongside this are many challenges. What is social impact and how can it be measured, does it influence funding decisions and how do small organisations with limited resources manage to do this?
Social investors state that measuring the impact of the products or services is just as important as increasing the capacity of an organisation to actually deliver the product or service, but what does this mean in practice?
How are organisations developing the evidence that a particular product or service is having a positive impact, to ensure that what is being funded is making a difference?
This debate invites you to contribute your thoughts and debate the issues.
There will be 5 minutes presentation from each of the panelists, followed by an open debate with the audience. This is not a purely academic debate, but a discussion to provide practical advice on how we can address this issue.
Your Host - Shirey Ayres
Shirley Ayres is a a visionary and strategic thinker providing unique perspectives which promote collaboration and partnerships across the public, private and not for profit sectors. As a qualified social worker and marketer she has extensive experience of helping organisations to understand the value of communications and digital engagement. She has written extensively about the value of social technology to support community wellbeing and she has a particular interest in demonstrating social impact.
Shirley is the co-presenter and producer of the Disruptive Social Care podcast a weekly discussion programme which shares innovative ideas to transform care services and help people and communities connect. She has conducted interviews with thought leaders from the worlds of care, health, politics, entrepreneurship and technology innovation about the challenges of social change.
Shirley is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in Interdisciplinary Studies at City University, London and a Rotary International Scholar.
Confirmed Panelists :
Indy Johar - Hub Westminster & 00:/ (zero zero)
Indy Johar is an architect and co-founding director of 00:/, Hub Westminster and most recently the A-Fund. His current work is focused on practially prototyping & designing the new economics of place and 21st Century institutions. Indy was a founding Director of the global Hub Association and co-founder of Hub Westminster. He is an associate of the think-tank Demos and a fellow of Respublica.
Indy has given Keynotes and led discussions on various issues, including how strategic place design meets policy and a new economics in various forums from Demos, Centre of Social Justice, Helsinki Design Lab, European Parliament, LSE, Royal Academy, Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Indy is a co-author of the 'Compendium for the Civic Economy'. He has written for many national and international journals on the future of design, social venturing and practice.
Sam Matthews - Acting Chief Executive Charity Evaluation Services
Sam joined CES in 1997. For over 10 years she has been the organisation’s senior expert advisor on quality management in the third sector. She is a co-author of the PQASSO quality standards, under her guidance, PQASSO has grown to be the sector’s leading quality standards, used by over 14,000 organisations within the UK and abroad. PQASSO now offers a nationally recognised external accreditation award- The PQASSO Quality Mark.
Sam has worked with a wide variety of organisations to develop quality management practice, and is the author of a number of bespoke quality standards and assessment tools. Sam set up and chaired the UK Third Sector Quality Accreditation Providers Forum.
Sam has a background in leading community-based education programmes working across diverse community groups to cascade information and training in HIV prevention. She led a research initiative to bring lessons from Uganda and Tanzania to inform HIV prevention strategies within South Africa. On moving to the UK, she worked with The HIV Project, an infrastructure organisation, leading their training and consultancy.
David Floyd - Social Spider
David is Managing Director of Social Spider CIC, a small social enterprise based in Walthamstow, East London. He writes the leading enterprise blog, Beanbags and Bullsh!t - http://beanbagsandbullsh1t.com/ - and also writes the 'Mythbuster' column for The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network. David is a trustee of Voluntary Action Waltham Forest and Urban Forum, and a fellow of the RSA and the School for Social Entrepreneurs. He is a member of the governing council of Social Enterprise UK.
Joe Ludlow - Director, Nesta Impact Investment Fund
Joe is Impact Investment Director at Nesta. He joined Nesta in 2010 to lead its work on social venturing and investment, and launched Nesta Impact Investments a £25m early stage investment fund for social ventures in October 2012. Nesta Impact Investments has a particular focus on the use of evidence in assessing the impact of ventures. Joe has been active in impact investment since 2005, previously working at CAF Venturesome. He began his career with the TeachFirst programme teaching in a secondary school in the London Borough of Hackney.
Dr Pathik Pathak - Director of Social Enterprise Research Network, University of Southampton
Pathik Pathak is Director of Social Enterprise Research Network at the University of Southampton. He is an internationally recognised expert in social enterprise and on social impact in particular.
He has published widely on both of these subjects including recent articles on SROI. He is also lthe author of the Future of Multicultural Britain (2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular commentator on social economy both in the UK and India for The Guardian, The Hindustan Times and the Times of India.
Prior to his appointment at Southampton he ran a successful social enterprise in Mumbai. He is currently working on a research project on social impact assessment among early stage social entrepreneurs.
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Impact Hub Westminster