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.
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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

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

On January 22nd at 8:30am USA CST, Social Impact is collaborating with The Development CAFE and جمعية التقييم التنموي ال...
01/11/2021

On January 22nd at 8:30am USA CST, Social Impact is collaborating with The Development CAFE and جمعية التقييم التنموي الاردنية -EvalJordan for a webinar entitled “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in the context of COVID-19- A Blue Marble Evaluation Perspective." Join us in hearing SI’s Valentine J Gandhi and Michael Quinn Patton speak by registering at https://e-dev.org/workshop4.

From our staff in Hanoi to Addis Ababa to DC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! This year, rather than gather...
12/19/2020
Happy Holidays from Social Impact! - Social Impact

From our staff in Hanoi to Addis Ababa to DC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! This year, rather than gathering for a holiday party, we asked staff what they were grateful for in 2020. This is what they said...
http://ow.ly/xBEW50CQ6fo

From our staff in Hanoi to Addis Ababa to DC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! This year, rather than gathering for a holiday party, we asked staff what they were grateful for in 2020. This is what they said...

Social Impact is pleased to announce that Shiro Gnanaselvam will be its new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1,...
12/18/2020
Social Impact names Shiro Gnanaselvam as new CEO - Social Impact

Social Impact is pleased to announce that Shiro Gnanaselvam will be its new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. "I have full confidence that she will build on the best of us and take the company to new heights” commented Founder and outgoing CEO, Rolf Sartorius.http://ow.ly/c3CF50CPvtU

Social Impact is pleased to announce that Shiro Gnanaselvam will be its new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. Shiro has been the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Social Impact for the last 8 years and has been a key player in charting SI’s growth from small

What’s gained by conducting a meta-evaluation of 31 assessments and evaluations for USAID/Liberia? Key insight into syst...
12/14/2020
Let's Get Meta: Learning how to Learn from Evaluations - Social Impact

What’s gained by conducting a meta-evaluation of 31 assessments and evaluations for USAID/Liberia? Key insight into systemic implementation challenges, emergent best practices, and how to evolve learning approaches to create conditions for self-reliance. http://ow.ly/1scP50CKQIy

Insights from a Meta-Evaluation of USAID/Liberia’s Portfolio from 2016-2020 By Carla Trippe, Social Impact Senior Program Manager As Social Impact’s (SI) five-year Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) contract facilitating data-driven decision making with USAID/Liberia comes to an end, we took a ste

At #PSCdev20 today Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC CEO Sean Cairncross notes, “data drives everything we do.” Tha...
12/08/2020

At #PSCdev20 today Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC CEO Sean Cairncross notes, “data drives everything we do.” Thanks Sean Cairncross for a great conversation with Social Impact’s Shiro Gnanaselvam on the importance of data and evidence, which are at the heart of SI’s mission to advance development effectiveness. @PSCSpeaks

CIDC Annual Conference happening now! SI's EVP Shiro Gnanaselvam will moderate a discussion with Millennium Challenge Co...
12/08/2020

CIDC Annual Conference happening now! SI's EVP Shiro Gnanaselvam will moderate a discussion with Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC CEO Sean Cairncross starting at 9:45 AM EST. Join us here: www.developmentconference.org #PSCdev20

How to encourage collaboration amongst Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in historically competitive environments? Crea...
11/25/2020
Building Sustainable Learning Communities: The Civil Society Activity in Mexico City - Social Impact

How to encourage collaboration amongst Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in historically competitive environments? Create Learning Communities where CSOs can collectively strategize, collaborate, and learn. http://ow.ly/BEQr50CuS5Y

By María Huerta, Social Impact Strategic Alliance Specialist, Civil Society Activity Mexico In the Mexican civil society sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) often prefer to work independently and are reluctant to collaborate. However, when CSOs work separately on similar or intertwined

What creates sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs? In a nutshell, a strong management, finance and ...
11/19/2020
Where Have All the Toilets Gone? SI Examines Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sustainability in Six Countries - Social Impact

What creates sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs? In a nutshell, a strong management, finance and governance environment and behavioral changes. For #WorldToiletDay, learn about where all the toilets have gone after 6 WASH programs ended. http://ow.ly/o2nQ50CpeZa

Poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) access and behaviors are significant contributors to diarrheal disease, which is linked to two million deaths annually.[1] While global progress toward achieving WASH needs is notable, the number of people lacking these essential services remains vast, and

Adaptive programs recognize that certain changes, particularly in behaviors, are complex, non-linear and difficult to me...
10/16/2020
Outcome mapping: learning brief

Adaptive programs recognize that certain changes, particularly in behaviors, are complex, non-linear and difficult to measure – explore SI’s co-authored Global Learning for Adaptive Management briefing note on outcome mapping to track behavioral change and inform adaptation. http://ow.ly/JLw950BMI9e

A discussion of the use of outcome mapping as a monitoring, evaluation and learning approach to track behavioural change and inform adaptation.

#COVID19 has created real challenges for data collection, monitoring, evaluation and learning in the context of adaptive...
10/13/2020
Adapting data collection and utilisation to a Covid-19 reality: monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches for adaptive management

#COVID19 has created real challenges for data collection, monitoring, evaluation and learning in the context of adaptive management - this new paper w/ Overseas Development Institute outlines pragmatic & innovative solutions for #MEL during a pandemic. http://ow.ly/DDmG50BMI4g

A discussion of key considerations for remote collection and the use of data for adaptive management during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When you educate a girl, everything changes.” To celebrate International #DayoftheGirl , we’re reflecting on what works...
10/11/2020
What Works to Improve Girls’ Education in Somalia - Social Impact

“When you educate a girl, everything changes.” To celebrate International #DayoftheGirl , we’re reflecting on what works to improve girl’s education in Somalia. In short, food at school, strong female mentors, and access to sanitary kits. http://ow.ly/7Jyl50BOh71

Social Impact evaluated the Educate Girls End Poverty program (EGEP), implemented by Relief International in Somalia from 2014-2017. EGEP is part of the Department for International Development (DFID) Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC). The program aims to increase learning scores, enrollment, and a...

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