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

"We can’t just consume information and then turn around and implement it. We have to stop and ask ourselves how our effo...
12/06/2021
Pause in Order to Progress: The How, What, and Why of Pause & Reflect in Development Programming - Social Impact

"We can’t just consume information and then turn around and implement it. We have to stop and ask ourselves how our efforts are progressing, why and what we should do differently to learn and be more effective” says SI's Monalisa Salib. Learn how to pause & reflect to improve your development work. http://ow.ly/7bzM50H4npW

By Monalisa Salib, Social Impact Deputy Chief of Party for Vietnam Learns It may seem counterintuitive - in order to make progress, we should actually press pause. If we use that time to reflect on our work and figure out what we can do better, we will make even more progress than if we just keep

How will the DOS, USAID, and implementing partners approach DEIA implementation in the development community in the Bide...
12/01/2021

How will the DOS, USAID, and implementing partners approach DEIA implementation in the development community in the Biden Administration? Join SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on December 7th at 1:30PM EST for a session on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility – Moving Beyond the Rhetoric.

Register for PSC’s virtual Development Conference at www.developmentconference.org #PSCdev21

How will the DOS, USAID, and implementing partners approach DEIA implementation in the development community in the Biden Administration? Join SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on December 7th at 1:30PM EST for a session on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility – Moving Beyond the Rhetoric.

Register for PSC’s virtual Development Conference at www.developmentconference.org #PSCdev21

To wrap up the highlight of our last eleven years supporting USAID/Lebanon, we're proud to share the following success s...
11/10/2021

To wrap up the highlight of our last eleven years supporting USAID/Lebanon, we're proud to share the following success stories. These stories feature Lebanese individuals creating positive ripple effects in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving USAID support. Thanks to the PMSPL team for your work documenting and sharing these powerful narratives! http://ow.ly/6UsM50GJRxx

To wrap up the highlight of our last eleven years supporting USAID/Lebanon, we're proud to share the following success stories. These stories feature Lebanese individuals creating positive ripple effects in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving USAID support. Thanks to the PMSPL team for your work documenting and sharing these powerful narratives! http://ow.ly/6UsM50GJRxx

700 maps created in 6 years? You heard that right! SI's PMSPL II team generated hundreds of geographic information syste...
11/09/2021
Technical Excellence in GIS and MEL Support for USAID/Lebanon - Social Impact

700 maps created in 6 years? You heard that right! SI's PMSPL II team generated hundreds of geographic information system maps for USAID Lebanon to visualize factors such as USAID's programs overplayed with population density. Learn about PMSPL II's GIS contributions and more. https://socialimpact.com/technical-excellence-in-gis-and-mel-support-for-usaid-lebanon/

Today, we highlight two of the technical contributions SI’s Performance Management and Support Program for Lebanon II (PMSPL II) team provided to USAID/Lebanon. The PMSPL II team supplemented the monitoring and program management efforts of USAID/Lebanon’s staff and to verify, monitor, and evalu...

We are proud to celebrate the closeout of eleven years of support to USAID/Lebanon. Thanks to the PMSPL team for their i...
11/08/2021
Social Impact Celebrates Eleven Years of Support to USAID Lebanon - Social Impact

We are proud to celebrate the closeout of eleven years of support to USAID/Lebanon. Thanks to the PMSPL team for their incredible contributions to advancing development effectiveness. Stay tuned this week for more highlights of our work in Lebanon. http://ow.ly/Y3St50GIsYe

Social Impact’s work on the Performance Management and Support Program for Lebanon II (PMSPL II) culminated last week after eleven years of operation in country. The PMSPL II team supplemented the monitoring and program management efforts of USAID/Lebanon’s staff to verify, monitor, and evaluate...

Join BRIDGE survey leaders including SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on November 16th from 11:30-1pm EST at the Posner Center's...
11/04/2021

Join BRIDGE survey leaders including SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on November 16th from 11:30-1pm EST at the Posner Center's Symposium for a discussion of the #DEI survey findings and next steps on shifting power in international development. Register today. http://ow.ly/tWsf50GGjGu

Join BRIDGE survey leaders including SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on November 16th from 11:30-1pm EST at the Posner Center's Symposium for a discussion of the #DEI survey findings and next steps on shifting power in international development. Register today. http://ow.ly/tWsf50GGjGu

Have you read SI's latest quarterly newsletter that features a recap of Fall 2021 news and blogs, quarterly project high...
10/27/2021
Social Impact's Quarterly Newsletter - Social Impact

Have you read SI's latest quarterly newsletter that features a recap of Fall 2021 news and blogs, quarterly project highlights, and current job openings? Subscribe to receive future newsletters directly to your inbox. http://ow.ly/BPOl50Gznjz

Read Social Impact’s latest newsletter here for a recap of Fall 2021 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.

Congratulations to Social Impact's projects recognized by USAID - US Agency for International Development's 2021 CLA Cas...
10/21/2021
Social Impact Scores Big in USAID CLA Case Competition - Social Impact

Congratulations to Social Impact's projects recognized by USAID - US Agency for International Development's 2021 CLA Case Competition! We are proud of these projects' efforts to make development more effective by implementing collaborating, learning, and adapting principles. https://socialimpact.com/social-impact-scores-big-in-usaid-competition/

USAID recently announced the winners and finalists of the 2021 CLA Case Competition which recognizes projects that excel in the application of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles. Social Impact is incredibly proud to have been awarded in both categories. SI’s Developmental Evalu...

“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...

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"We can’t just consume information and then turn around and implement it. We have to stop and ask ourselves how our efforts are progressing, why and what we should do differently to learn and be more effective” says SI's Monalisa Salib. Learn how to pause & reflect to improve your development work. http://ow.ly/7bzM50H4npW
How will the DOS, USAID, and implementing partners approach DEIA implementation in the development community in the Biden Administration? Join SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on December 7th at 1:30PM EST for a session on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility – Moving Beyond the Rhetoric. Register for PSC’s virtual Development Conference at www.developmentconference.org #PSCdev21
To wrap up the highlight of our last eleven years supporting USAID/Lebanon, we're proud to share the following success stories. These stories feature Lebanese individuals creating positive ripple effects in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving USAID support. Thanks to the PMSPL team for your work documenting and sharing these powerful narratives! http://ow.ly/6UsM50GJRxx
700 maps created in 6 years? You heard that right! SI's PMSPL II team generated hundreds of geographic information system maps for USAID Lebanon to visualize factors such as USAID's programs overplayed with population density. Learn about PMSPL II's GIS contributions and more. https://socialimpact.com/technical-excellence-in-gis-and-mel-support-for-usaid-lebanon/
We are proud to celebrate the closeout of eleven years of support to USAID/Lebanon. Thanks to the PMSPL team for their incredible contributions to advancing development effectiveness. Stay tuned this week for more highlights of our work in Lebanon. http://ow.ly/Y3St50GIsYe
Join BRIDGE survey leaders including SI CEO Shiro Gnanaselvam on November 16th from 11:30-1pm EST at the Posner Center's Symposium for a discussion of the #DEI survey findings and next steps on shifting power in international development. Register today. http://ow.ly/tWsf50GGjGu
Have you read SI's latest quarterly newsletter that features a recap of Fall 2021 news and blogs, quarterly project highlights, and current job openings? Subscribe to receive future newsletters directly to your inbox. http://ow.ly/BPOl50Gznjz
Congratulations to Social Impact's projects recognized by USAID - US Agency for International Development's 2021 CLA Case Competition! We are proud of these projects' efforts to make development more effective by implementing collaborating, learning, and adapting principles. https://socialimpact.com/social-impact-scores-big-in-usaid-competition/
“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/
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 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
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