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Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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They invoke the "journey" metaphor because some of those who read this book have already embarked on efforts to make a positive difference by supporting the causes they care most about; others are still in the planning process; and still others are struggling to decide whether
or not to become significantly involved in social initiatives.
A set of five interview questions provides the framework of the book Epstein and Yuthas wrote in order to share what they learned:
1. What will you invest?
2. What problem will you address?
3. What steps will you take?
4. How will you measure success?
5. How can you increase impact?
These five questions are structural Parts within which the material is organized and presented. They also comprise what Epstein and Yuthas identify as "The Social Impact Creation Cycle." The aforementioned questions are answered in sequence. Keep in mind that the Cycle is an on-going process, literally a work in progress, and will probably require continuous modification. Monitoring the cycle will indicate when and why to commit less of some resources, for example, and more of others. It is important to keep in mind that external as well as internal developments may require some of those modifications.
Think of Epstein and Yuthas in terms of various roles they play: First, they are the co-authors of this book, best viewed as an operations manual. Also, they will be consultants as answers to the first three questions are determined or (if the journey is underway) for evaluating -- and perhaps revising -- the answers that have guided and informed efforts until now. Moreover, because no two organizational "journeys" are ever the same nor is an organization the same as when it first embarked, Epstein and Yuthas will be guides and advisors during five key processes: formulation of plan, implementation of it, measurement of progress to date, evaluation, and amplification. Measurement reveals (at best) partial success, progress, evaluation reveals what works, what doesn't, and why so that the given organization can intensify effort and increase investment in one area (or areas) and reduce or eliminate elsewhere.
I congratulate Marc Epstein and Kristi Yuthas on producing a book that may well prove to be for some readers, especially for leaders in nonprofits, the most valuable they will read this year and perhaps in years to come.
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- Covers everything I could think of
- Compelling read, although it's heady stuff you'll want to read it and it's a fast read... I'm 2/3 of the way through in just two days.
- It's 212 pages with a really long bibliography that can be helpful for additional reading.
- It's good for all levels of familiarity with the subject
- The book describes an ongoing impact cycle that you can refer to constantly to make sure you're maximizing your impact system - and your impact results
- The writing is very heady so some concepts had me rereading sentences, but it was still a quick read
Altogether I highly recommend it. The best book on impact I've read thusfar and one I'll definitely keep on my desk to refer to again and again.
Social Impacts shows you how to pave the way for success by gaining clarity on what you’re committing to invest, clearly articulating the problem you’re focused on, knowing just the steps you’ll take to achieve and measure your outcomes and impact. And finally, it shows you how to improve the impact that you’re making over time. This book is filled with tons of examples, it's clear and approachable and it provides helpful action steps at the end of each chapter to guide you.
If you believe you deserve more than a warm fuzzy feeling for all that you’re investing to make social impact, read this book. It’s well worth the investment!