From the Editor
If the field of social impact is to mature it needs to be able to consistently measure social returns. This issue puts the spotlight on the debates over how best to measure social impact. A uniform performance metric for all social impact organisations is an ongoing quest, in both practical and academic circles. The search for the ‘Holy Measurement Grail’ continues.
The summaries selected below highlight recent publications highlighting the manifold challenges of measuring social impact. Highly recommended is the piece by Professor Mark Lyons, formerly CSI’s Director of Research, and Gianni Zappalà. Their article analyses the three main approaches measuring social impact. Links are provided to all articles so that you can investigate and comment on those that interest you.
Editor, Knowledge Connect