Title Measuring Social Change
Subtitle Performance and Accountability in a Complex World
Author Alnoor Ebrahim
ISBN 9781503601406
List price GBP 23.99
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 320
Book size 158 x 242 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Reviews:

Measuring Social Change offers a powerful framework to guide social sector leaders. This is not a simplistic “one-size-fits-all” argument, but a refined yet practical roadmap for how to build the systems needed to know whether your work is having an impact. The frameworks and case studies could revolutionize how organizations manage for impact. An important book.”

Jeffrey L. Bradach, Managing Partner and Co-Founder The Bridgespan Group

 

“This book is useful for readers involved in the social sector, including governments, nonprofit organizations, and funders of charitable work, as well as specialists in the sociology of the social sector. It can make donors, directors, and practitioners more aware of measuring the impact of their work and donations. Recommended.”

F. E. Foldvary, CHOICE

 

“This book goes beyond the promise of its title to elucidate the key concepts of nonprofit strategy and propose nuanced improvements. A valuable mix of the theoretical and practical, richly illustrated by real-world examples.”

Paul Brest, faculty co-Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; former President William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 

“A valuable contribution in addressing the crucial challenge of targeting and measuring impact.”

Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

 

“Alnoor captures the importance of measuring what matters like no one else. In this remarkable book, he gives the reader tools, rules as well as questions to ensure those questions are effective. This is a must-read for anyone serious about measuring change, something we all must be.”

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder & CEO of Acumen, author of The Blue Sweater

 

“As Alnoor Ebrahim argues in this trenchant new book, the social sector has mushroomed in size and scope in recent years. A leading scholar in the field, Ebrahim provides fresh, thoughtful answers on how we should measure progress with nonprofits. This book will be important to practitioners, philanthropists, and academics alike.”

David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst; Professor of Public Service and Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School


Description:

The social sector is undergoing a major transformation. We are witnessing an explosion in efforts to deliver social change, a burgeoning impact investing industry, and an unprecedented intergenerational transfer of wealth. Yet we live in a world of rapidly rising inequality, where social sector services are unable to keep up with societal need, and governments are stretched beyond their means.

Alnoor Ebrahim addresses one of the fundamental dilemmas facing leaders as they navigate this uncertain terrain: performance measurement. How can they track performance towards worthy goals such as reducing poverty, improving public health, or advancing human rights? What results can they reasonably measure and legitimately take credit for? This book tackles three core challenges of performance faced by social enterprises and nonprofit organizations alike: what to measure, what kinds of performance systems to build, and how to align multiple demands for accountability. It lays out four different types of strategies for managers to consider—niche, integrated, emergent, and ecosystem—and details the types of performance measurement and accountability systems best suited to each. Finally, this book examines the roles of funders such as impact investors, philanthropic foundations, and international aid agencies, laying out how they can best enable meaningful performance measurement.


Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. Conceptualizing Social Performance in a Complex World

Chapter 2. Niche Strategy

Chapter 3. Integrated Strategy

Chapter 4. Emergent Strategy

Chapter 5. Ecosystem Strategy

Chapter 6. Designing Social Performance Systems

Chapter 7. Roles of Funders

Appendix: Practical Resources

Notes

references

Index


About the Author:

Alnoor Ebrahim is Professor of Management at Tufts University, where he has joint appointments at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Tisch College of Civic Life. His research addresses the challenges of performance management, governance, and accountability facing social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, international NGOs, and public agencies. Professor Ebrahim previously served on a working group established by the G8 to create global guidelines on social impact measurement, and he has worked on projects with a number of global NGOs. He is the author of the award-winning book, NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning, and is co-editor of Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics (both with Cambridge University Press).


Target Audience:

This book is useful for readers involved in the social sector, including governments, nonprofit organizations, and funders of charitable work, as well as specialists in the sociology of the social sector. It can make donors, directors, and practitioners more aware of measuring the impact of their work and donations.

 

 
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