Social Impact, Inc.

Social Impact, Inc. Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness.

SI was founded upon the growing global desire-and pressure—to make international development more effective in improving people's lives. SI's unique approach-drawn from global "best practices" in managing positive social change—harnesses the participation, collective knowledge and commitment of diverse groups to accomplish measurable and enduring development results. SI provides a full range of in

SI was founded upon the growing global desire-and pressure—to make international development more effective in improving people's lives. SI's unique approach-drawn from global "best practices" in managing positive social change—harnesses the participation, collective knowledge and commitment of diverse groups to accomplish measurable and enduring development results. SI provides a full range of in

“It is such an honor to have been selected as a NAPA fellow and to now be part of this group of esteemed leaders and thi...
10/12/2021

“It is such an honor to have been selected as a NAPA fellow and to now be part of this group of esteemed leaders and thinkers. I look forward to collaborating with and learning from them in the coming years,” says SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam accepting her 2021 National Academy for Public Administration fellowship.

Congratulations Shiro! https://socialimpact.com/shiro-gnanaselvam-selected-as-national-academy-of-public-administration-fellow/

“It is such an honor to have been selected as a NAPA fellow and to now be part of this group of esteemed leaders and thinkers. I look forward to collaborating with and learning from them in the coming years,” says SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam accepting her 2021 National Academy for Public Administration fellowship.

Congratulations Shiro! https://socialimpact.com/shiro-gnanaselvam-selected-as-national-academy-of-public-administration-fellow/

10/05/2021

Join us tomorrow at 12:15 EST for SI's presentation of results from three urban water evaluations in support of MCC's $1.4B global WASH investments. Register for UNC's free Water & Health Conference now: http://ow.ly/l4rI50Gmox9
#systemsthinking #programlogic #impactevaluation

What is strongly predictive of future criminal behavior for at-risk Caribbean youth? According to SI's machine learning ...
09/28/2021
How Machine Learning can Improve Program Targeting in Development - Social Impact

What is strongly predictive of future criminal behavior for at-risk Caribbean youth? According to SI's machine learning algorithm:
- Whether an individual is out of school
- Anti-social behavior
- Impulsive risk-taking
- Past criminal behavior
- S*x
- Age
Explore how this data science project helped better target USAID's family-based violence counseling programming. http://ow.ly/QCDM50GhStQ

By Ben Morse, Social Impact Technical Director The growing availability of data has created new opportunities for development practitioners to measure, track, and enhance the impact of their work. Social Impact’s newly formed Data Science team applies machine learning algorithms to provide new an

How can we bridge the #diversity gap in the international development and humanitarian assistance industry? Hear about t...
09/22/2021
Let’s Talk About Bridging the Diversity Gap - BRIDGE Events - Social Impact

How can we bridge the #diversity gap in the international development and humanitarian assistance industry? Hear about the Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement (BRIDGE) survey's findings, and next steps in an upcoming event. https://socialimpact.com/bridge-events/

#DEI #inclusion #equity

Heard about the Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement (BRIDGE) Survey? Want to see the BRIDGE team speak about the survey methodology, findings, and what you can do to make the international development and humanitarian assistance industries more equitable? Check out one o

Only 25% of US-based humanitarian assistance and international development orgs have a DEI policy.Review the key finding...
09/08/2021
84% of Chief Executives are White: Key Findings from the BRIDGE Survey - Social Impact

Only 25% of US-based humanitarian assistance and international development orgs have a DEI policy.

Review the key findings from the BRIDGE Survey benchmarking #DEI across the sector. http://ow.ly/o3R150G0Vwh

Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement (BRIDGE), is an institutional survey created by a coalition of industry experts to develop a snapshot of diversity at the staff, senior management, chief executive, and board levels, in United States-based headquarters of international

Latinx individuals are severely under represented at board, leadership, and staff levels in US-based humanitarian assist...
09/01/2021
84% of Chief Executives are White: Key Findings from the BRIDGE Survey - Social Impact

Latinx individuals are severely under represented at board, leadership, and staff levels in US-based humanitarian assistance and international development orgs.

Review the key findings from the BRIDGE Survey benchmarking #DEI across the sector. http://ow.ly/CuPT50G0Vu9

Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement (BRIDGE), is an institutional survey created by a coalition of industry experts to develop a snapshot of diversity at the staff, senior management, chief executive, and board levels, in United States-based headquarters of international

1 in 4 US-based humanitarian assistance and international development orgs do not capture any race data. 1 in 2 do not c...
08/30/2021
84% of Chief Executives are White: Key Findings from the BRIDGE Survey - Social Impact

1 in 4 US-based humanitarian assistance and international development orgs do not capture any race data. 1 in 2 do not capture disability data.

Review the key findings from the BRIDGE Survey benchmarking #DEI across the sector. http://ow.ly/Wf9Z50G0RD6

Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement (BRIDGE), is an institutional survey created by a coalition of industry experts to develop a snapshot of diversity at the staff, senior management, chief executive, and board levels, in United States-based headquarters of international

Grateful to work with USAID/Somalia on the newly awarded Evaluation, Learning, and Monitoring Initiative Activity contra...
08/16/2021
Social Impact wins USAID/ Somalia Evaluation, Learning, and Monitoring Initiative Activity - Social Impact

Grateful to work with USAID/Somalia on the newly awarded Evaluation, Learning, and Monitoring Initiative Activity contract by providing MEL services to further USAID’s goals of solidifying democracy, stability, and prosperity in Somalia. https://socialimpact.com/social-impact-wins-usaid-somalia-elmi/

USAID recently awarded the seven-year Evaluation, Learning, and Monitoring Initiative (ELMI) Activity in Somalia to Social Impact (SI). Through this single-award IDIQ valued up to twenty-four-million-dollars, SI’s support services in monitoring, evaluation, and learning will contribute to USAID’...

Looking to enhance your Performance Management Plan?USAID Vietnam and Social Impact bring you the IMPROVE performance ma...
07/15/2021
How to IMPROVE Programming: USAID/Vietnam’s Performance Management Principles - Social Impact

Looking to enhance your Performance Management Plan?

USAID Vietnam and Social Impact bring you the IMPROVE performance management principles designed to prioritize continuous learning and adaptive management for better development outcomes. http://ow.ly/9WmC50FwGCI

By Monalisa Salib, Social Impact Deputy Chief of Party for Vietnam Learns and Giang Le, USAID/Vietnam M&E Specialist. Over the last several years, USAID/Vietnam has integrated collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) approaches throughout the Program Cycle. This was the case during the recent

Only 4% of Chief Executives are BIPOC women in the international development and humanitarian sectors, despite comprisin...
06/02/2021

Only 4% of Chief Executives are BIPOC women in the international development and humanitarian sectors, despite comprising 20% of the US population.

Want to read more and see how your organization stacks up? Check out the #BRIDGESurvey findings. http://ow.ly/VNv650F13vy

Only 4% of Chief Executives are BIPOC women in the international development and humanitarian sectors, despite comprising 20% of the US population.

Want to read more and see how your organization stacks up? Check out the #BRIDGESurvey findings. http://ow.ly/VNv650F13vy

Organizational learning plan ✓ Now what? Learn how to turn your plan into an organizational learning culture with these ...
05/19/2021
Common Challenges When Implementing an Organizational Learning Plan and What to Do About Them - Social Impact

Organizational learning plan ✓ Now what?

Learn how to turn your plan into an organizational learning culture with these tips on overcoming common implementation challenges.

Thanks to SI's Monalisa Salib and The Global Knowledge Initiative's Katherine Kaugh for this insightful blog series! https://socialimpact.com/common-challenges-when-implementing-an-organizational-learning-plan/

By Monalisa Salib, Social Impact Senior Director of Organizational Learning and Katherine Haugh, Global Knowledge Initiative, with credit to many thought partners along the way (see the full list of kudos at the end of this blog). As organizational learning professionals, we are frequently asked ab

Who should co-create learning plans? Anyone who is responsible for learning and adapting on your team—namely, everyone! ...
05/13/2021
How to Co-Create an Organizational Learning Plan - Social Impact

Who should co-create learning plans? Anyone who is responsible for learning and adapting on your team—namely, everyone!

Check out this organizational learning series for practical insights on incorporating collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approaches and ways of thinking into programming. https://socialimpact.com/how-to-co-create-an-organizational-learning-plan/

#intdev #CLA

By Monalisa Salib, Social Impact Senior Director of Organizational Learning and Katherine Haugh, Global Knowledge Initiative, with credit to many thought partners along the way. This is the second article in a three-part series. Read part one here, and look for part 3 to be released shortly. As lea

Are you attending SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam's plenary tomorrow on #diversity data in the #intdev sector? Join us at the W...
05/03/2021

Are you attending SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam's plenary tomorrow on #diversity data in the #intdev sector? Join us at the WILD Network forum for preliminary findings of the #BRIDGEsurvey—the sector-wide #DEI baseline survey of US-based humanitarian and #intdev organizations. Register: https://bit.ly/3si7h0e

Learn more about the BRIDGE Survey: https://socialimpact.com/bridge/
#BeWILD2021 #BRIDGEtheDifference

Are you attending SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam's plenary tomorrow on #diversity data in the #intdev sector? Join us at the WILD Network forum for preliminary findings of the #BRIDGEsurvey—the sector-wide #DEI baseline survey of US-based humanitarian and #intdev organizations. Register: https://bit.ly/3si7h0e

Learn more about the BRIDGE Survey: https://socialimpact.com/bridge/
#BeWILD2021 #BRIDGEtheDifference

Do you have an organizational learning plan? Organizational learning enables continual improvement, increases efficiency...
04/28/2021
What is an Organizational Learning Plan? Why Do You Need One? - Social Impact

Do you have an organizational learning plan? Organizational learning enables continual improvement, increases efficiency and engagement, and instills humility in our work. Find out what they're all about. https://socialimpact.com/what-is-an-organizational-learning-plan/

Global Knowledge Initiative #organizationallearning

By Monalisa Salib, Social Impact Senior Director of Organizational Learning and Katherine Haugh, Global Knowledge Initiative, with credit to many thought partners along the way (see the full list of kudos at the end of this blog). As organizational learning professionals, we have received many ques

On April 29th at 10:00 AM EST, Social Impact is collaborating with Search for Common Ground and DM&E For Peace to give a...
04/26/2021
Remote Developmental Evaluation: A Guide for Funders and Practitioners | Blue Marble Evaluation

On April 29th at 10:00 AM EST, Social Impact is collaborating with Search for Common Ground and DM&E For Peace to give a presentation on Developmental Evaluation (DE) in the Context of Complex and Conflict-Affected Environments. Join a truly global audience in hearing SI’s Sierra Frischknecht alongside contributors share lessons learned from DEs in these environments and best practices for conducting DEs remotely by registering here:https://bluemarbleeval.org/latest/remote-developmental-evaluation-guide-funders-and-practitioners

Webinar This webinar is now complete. Please click here to watch a recording of the webinar on YouTube. Click here to watch the zoom recording of the webinar. Click here to watch the zoom recording of the Q&A session following the webinar. Developmental Evaluation (DE) seeks to enhance programs by s...

How have developmental evaluations (DEs) adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work? SI’s Chris Thompson explores ...
04/22/2021
Can Developmental Evaluation Survive Going Remote? - Social Impact

How have developmental evaluations (DEs) adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work? SI’s Chris Thompson explores what happens when an approach that prides itself on in-person connections begins to work virtually. http://ow.ly/goH250Evd4z

#DevelopmentalEvaluation #Eval

By Chris Thompson, Social Impact Chief of Party for the USAID Jalin DE One of the COVID-19 pandemic’s many legacies has been an accelerated shift to remote work as societies lockdown and socially distance. While working remotely affects many of us in the evaluation sciences, it poses a unique cha

Has your US-based #IntlDevelopment or #Humanitarian organization participated in the BRIDGE survey yet? Contribute to in...
03/29/2021

Has your US-based #IntlDevelopment or #Humanitarian organization participated in the BRIDGE survey yet? Contribute to industry-wide #diversity benchmarking by the extended deadline of April 12th. http://ow.ly/QGgW50EbeHQ

#BRIDGEsurvey #DEI #BRIDGEtheDifference

Has your US-based #IntlDevelopment or #Humanitarian organization participated in the BRIDGE survey yet? Contribute to industry-wide #diversity benchmarking by the extended deadline of April 12th. http://ow.ly/QGgW50EbeHQ

#BRIDGEsurvey #DEI #BRIDGEtheDifference

Is your US-based international development or humanitarian organization committed to addressing #diversity, equity, and ...
03/24/2021

Is your US-based international development or humanitarian organization committed to addressing #diversity, equity, and inclusion in our sector? Make sure it participates in the BRIDGE survey http://ow.ly/9MkV50E7fCS #BRIDGEsurvey

Is your US-based international development or humanitarian organization committed to addressing #diversity, equity, and inclusion in our sector? Make sure it participates in the BRIDGE survey http://ow.ly/9MkV50E7fCS #BRIDGEsurvey

Today, we're launching the BRIDGE - Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement survey. The first s...
03/15/2021

Today, we're launching the BRIDGE - Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement survey. The first sector-wide #diversity baseline survey of US-based international #development and #humanitarian organizations. Learn more http://ow.ly/glgn50DUo20 #BRIDGEsurvey

Today, we're launching the BRIDGE - Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement survey. The first sector-wide #diversity baseline survey of US-based international #development and #humanitarian organizations. Learn more http://ow.ly/glgn50DUo20 #BRIDGEsurvey

Today, Shiro Gnanaselvam of Social Impact and Alicia Phillips Mandaville of IREX introduce the #BRIDGEsurvey—the first s...
03/10/2021
Minding the gap: collecting data on diversity in the development and humanitarian sector

Today, Shiro Gnanaselvam of Social Impact and Alicia Phillips Mandaville of IREX introduce the #BRIDGEsurvey—the first sector-wide survey aimed at Benchmarking Race, Inclusion and #Diversity in Global Engagement. The goal is to reach 400 US-based organizations in the international development and humanitarian sector. Make sure your organization's voice is heard. Join us today! https://www.humentum.org/blog/minding-gap-collecting-data-diversity-development-and-humanitarian-sector #BRIDGEsurvey

For many organizations in the United States, attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) increased exponentially after the brutal killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 and the massive racial justice mobilization that followed. It was equally visible in international development and h...

On #InternationalWomensDay, our Co-Founder and CEO reflect on SI's 25 year journey to make international development mor...
03/08/2021
Social Impact – Past, Present and Future - Social Impact

On #InternationalWomensDay, our Co-Founder and CEO reflect on SI's 25 year journey to make international development more effective. Read about SI's past, present and future from the women that led the way. http://ow.ly/7reL50DTn37 #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #BRIDGEsurvey

By Shiro Gnanaselvam, CEO and Pat Hanscom, Co-Founder 2021 marks an important year in the history of Social Impact as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our founding. As a female co-founder of the company (Pat) and its first female CEO (Shiro) we feel that International Women’s Day is an oppor

As the world seeks to shine a light on slavery today, Social Impact is proud to be part of counter-trafficking efforts a...
02/25/2021
Using Data and Learning to Shine a Light on Modern Slavery - Social Impact

As the world seeks to shine a light on slavery today, Social Impact is proud to be part of counter-trafficking efforts across the globe through assessments, evaluations, project design, and strategy development. Read more about our work here. #ENDITMOVEMENT https://socialimpact.com/using-data-and-learning-to-shine-a-light-on-modern-slavery/

Using Data and Learning to Shine a Light on Modern Slavery - Social Impact

Have you read SI's latest quarterly newsletter that features a recap of Fall 2020 news and blogs, quarterly project high...
02/12/2021
Social Impact's Quarterly Newsletter - Social Impact

Have you read SI's latest quarterly newsletter that features a recap of Fall 2020 news and blogs, quarterly project highlights, and current job openings? Read it here and subscribe to receive future newsletters to your inbox. http://ow.ly/jLzZ50DyoaY

Read Social Impact's latest newsletter here for a recap of Fall 2020 news and blogs, quarterly project highlights, and current job openings. Sign up here to join our mailing list and receive the next newsletter directly to your inbox.

How can you celebrate #EducationDay? Read SI’s Capacity Building and Curriculum Review Activity where comparative analys...
01/24/2021
Refining National Curriculum in Morocco: The Capacity Building and Curriculum Review Activity - Social Impact

How can you celebrate #EducationDay? Read SI’s Capacity Building and Curriculum Review Activity where comparative analyses of Arabic instruction in Morocco were conducted to tailor national education curriculum. http://ow.ly/YLTL50DgMFQ

Background Moroccan students rank among the lowest achievers in reading in regional, national, and international assessments. In the two most recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study evaluations,[1], [2] Moroccan students fell to the bottom on a list of 45 participating countries. In

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