Workshop on Introduction to Social Performance Measurement by Peter Scholten


Between 14 and 18 May, AVPN conducted a workshop series across Delhi, Singapore and Shanghai on an Introduction to Social Performance Measurement (SPM). These workshops were led by Peter Scholten, Chair of the EVPA Working group on Performance Measurement. Special thanks to our workshop partners, UBS and NPI, who contributed to these workshops with venue support in Singapore and Shanghai respectively. We had a total of 62 participants across the 3 workshop venues representing various sectors in the venture philanthropy community. These include foundations (family and corporate), family offices, social investors, private equity firms, government agencies, universities and NGOs.There was a varied level of SPM practice among the participants and as an initial workshop in AVPN’s calendar of events, this workshop series was pitched at the introductory level. Peter covered the concepts around SPM and how an organization should plan to effectively execute its SPM strategy. The workshop also covered various frameworks (Balanced Scorecard, SROI, Progress out of Poverty), tools (Tools of Change, Social Evaluator, Impact Map and Value Game) and databases (IRIS, WikiVois and World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study) and where time permitted, the participants completed some quick exercises using the SPM frameworks.The feedback received from these workshops was largely positive, and a majority of the participants indicated interest in delving deeper into specific case studies around the implementation of some SPM frameworks. AVPN has taken this feedback on board and will work towards putting together future workshops that meet this need.

Three different Asian cities, one topic: Social Performance Measurement. Was great to see so many people in such a short time, all willing to share, learn and develop. I hope this is a good start for Asia to be involved in the creation of the Global Accepted Social Accounting Principles (GASAP)- Peter Scholten

Some photos from the workshop series across the 3 cities:

India International Centre
14 May – First stop: India International Centre in Delhi


Discussions at Delhi segment of workshop
Discussions at Delhi segment of workshop
Second stop: UBS Command House
16 May – Second stop: UBS Command House in Singapore


Workshop session in Singapore
Workshop session in Singapore
Final stop: NPI's Social Innovation Park in Shanghai
Final stop: NPI’s Social Innovation Park in Shanghai
Workshop session in Shanghai
Workshop session in Shanghai



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

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