How to Quantify Social Impact?


Alfred Poon


How can we measure social impact? How do we put a number to social impact? Those were the questions on the minds of participants to AVPN’s recent workshop on social impact measurement, conducted by Marlon van Dijk of Social e-valuator. The series of workshops travelled from Mumbai, to Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong in July, and used the Social Return on Investment model to create a useful online tool that would help both social investors and investee organisations to measure their impact. The concerns and queries in each city were similar, as representatives from foundations, corporate and government agencies all came together to find out if they could better assess their projects. They learnt about moving beyond measuring outputs to the more complicated step of defining and measuring outcomes.Many of the participants were keen on a framework that was systematic, structured, and which provided a baseline for internal comparison. The reality that measuring impact is still a relatively new phenomenon meant that there is still insufficient data available to develop standards. However, the enthusiasm of the participants showed that the market was definitely eager to move beyond checking off outputs, and to truly understand the wider social impact of their work. To contact Marlon or to learn more about the Social e-valuator tool and to ask for your free 30-day trial, please email: [email protected]

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* Social Evaluator has since been renamed Sinzer. Please find more information below.


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Social E-valuator


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Alfred Poon

Sr. Engagement Manager, Non-Profit Advisory

Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications

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