Last week, I joined nearly 100 of my monitoring and evaluation peers in Washington, DC to talk impact, measurement and data at the 2015 Metrics Conference hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
My plane leaves Bogota, Colombia for Yopal at 6:09 am on a chilly and damp morning. I am disappointed to learn that I am seated in the last row in a window seat. However, I soon learn that I am fortunate to be in that seat.
At Global Partnerships’ annual luncheon last month, our President and CEO Rick Beckett shared our goal of increasing our impact by touching 30 million lives over the next decade. In this blog post, Tara Murphy Forde, our director of research and impact, introduces GP’s Program & Impact Team and the role it will play in helping GP reach that goal.
Over the past few years, as the field of impact investing has grown in size and complexity, a lingering question has followed in its wake, “How do you evaluate impact investing?”
It isn’t every day that you get to geek-out with a room full of people who spend their days trying to measure the often intangible impact of small and growing businesses in emerging markets.
What do we mean by impact? We have served over two million people through our partners since our founding in 1994. What does that mean?