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Data & Donuts: Translating SDGs to Impact
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When: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
8:30 - 10 AM EDT
Where: Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20036
United States
Contact: Abby Davidson

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Data & Donuts: Translating the SDGs to Impact 

The Sustainable Development Goals seem to be on everyone’s mind, but how can organizations that support entrepreneurs concretely engage with them? Join us on August 22nd at 8:30 AM for an in-person meeting dedicated to discussing concrete strategies for aligning data and impact measurement with the SDGs as a tool to increase impact and further your mission.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is an ANDE member that strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. They have been a leader in the SGB sector in promoting the SDGs. Kim Bettcher and Denise Baer will discuss the opportunities and challenges of getting the private sector to buy in to the SDGs.

While ANDE members have whole-heartedly embraced the GIIN’s IRIS indicators for measuring impact, our in-house accelerator experts, through their work with the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), have repeatedly heard that the SDGs actually resonate more with entrepreneurs. SEED SPOT, a U.S.-based accelerator that works with entrepreneurs of all ages, is looking to align its own metrics with the SDGs and share best practices.  Duane Rollins will discuss why SEED SPOT is creating their own crosswalk, and what they hope to accomplish by encouraging entrepreneurs in their program to engage with the SDGs.

This meeting will be the third in our Data & Donuts series designed to foster in-person discussions about Metrics and Research best practices. Come hungry and a ready to discuss the SDGs!


About the Speakers:

Kim Bettcher leads the Center for International Private Enterprise’s knowledge management initiative, which captures lessons learned in democratic and economic institution-building around the world. The initiative shares strategies, best practices, and lessons with an international network of reform leaders. Dr. Bettcher has written and edited numerous resources for CIPE, especially toolkits on public-private dialogue and anti-corruption, a report on Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success, three case study collections, the CIPE Guide to Governance Reform, and CIPE’s 25-Year Impact Evaluation.

Bettcher has published articles in the Harvard Business ReviewParty PoliticsSAIS Review, and the Business History Review. He has taught as an adjunct professor at George Mason University's School of Public Policy and was previously a research associate at Harvard Business School. Bettcher holds a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

Denise Baer is the Evaluation Officer for CIPE where she serves as CIPE’s principal internal expert on evaluation and acts as a resource to build evaluation capacity among CIPE staff and partners. Prior to joining CIPE, Dr. Baer has been a consultant providing research, governance and social science consulting for a variety of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations, including international work for USAID, National Democratic Institute, IFES and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She has over 25 years experience teaching at major universities including Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, Boston University and Johns Hopkins SAIS and she has worked for the U.S. Congress and the Congressional Research Service.

In addition to her methodological expertise, she is also an expert in democratization, legislative strengthening and gender programs. Dr. Baer is the author or co-author of three books and numerous scholarly articles which use experimental, survey and qualitative data, and she is completing work on a book Delivering Measurable Performance: Performance Evaluation Methods, Strategies and Tools for Policymaking and Public Management, under contract with SAGE Press.

Duane Rollins is a designer, educator, and non-profit leader trying to do a little more good around the nation's capital.

Prior to SEED SPOT, he worked as an UX and Instructional Designer at 18F, a digital consultancy within the GSA transforming the way the government builds and buys digital services. He has also worked at Threespot where he led digital strategy engagements with clients such as the Department of State, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the USO, Harvard Business School, and the Rockefeller Foundation among others. Previous experience also includes stints at Juice Analytics and General Electric.

He also has a deep passion for education. He teaches at both General Assembly and Georgetown University and helped cofound the Washington Leadership Academy, a public charter high school in DC. In addition he co-founded STEMLY, a non-profit that advocates for high quality STEM education for underrepresented groups.

Duane has a master’s degree in industrial design from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech. He is based in Washington D.C.