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Metrics & Evaluation

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Metrics for the SGB Sector 

1) We support alignment with best practices among our members.

We support ANDE members to adopt a common language to measure their performance, and have developed a core set of metrics to track the development of the SGB sector. We recommend all members adopt IRIS, the catalog of social, environmental, and financial performance metrics. Common, transparent metric definitions will enable comparisons and aggregation, increase credibility, and reduce the reporting burden.

2) We encourage knowledge sharing among metrics professionals

The Metrics & Research Learning Lab organizes webinars for members, and our regional metrics Learning Labs in Brazil, East Africa, and South Africa organize in-person meetings. Our annual  Metrics Conference brings people together for two days of conversations focused on impact measurement. 

3) We support exploration of new methods and tools

to enable more efficient, cost-effective, and useful measurement practices.  For example, ANDE supported investigations into client and household data collection using mobile phones published by Acumen and Root Capital in the report Data Innovations

ANDE members, to learn more about your membership benefits and access measurement-related resources, click here.

If you're just getting started with measurement take a look at our resources page


catalyzing impact measurement in africa

In 2017 and 2018, ANDE is partnering with DFID to build the capacity of impact investors, social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support organizations working in sub-Saharan Africa to measure their social and environmental performance.

ANDE will be hosting Learning Labs in East Africa and South Africa that will host in-person meetings, webinars, and foster collaborative projects among members. In addition, the project will also be hosting Metrics from the Ground Up in Nairobi, a two-day event which will connect practitioners to innovative new methods, emerging industry standards, and evaluation experts.  

To foster experimentation and adoption of measurement techniques, ANDE will manage a grant-making facility which will offer grants to practitioners looking to develop new analytical approaches, test technologies and develop case studies or resource guides. For more information contact Mallory St. Claire.


Why Measure?

Measurement is about more than just accountability. We believe measurement can build more impactful businesses, improve resource allocation, and support sector-wide efficiency.

When impact metrics are integrated with financial and operational metrics they can help organizations develop better products and services, make better investment decisions, and become more efficient in achieving impact.

And when evaluations support a collective learning agenda rather just a single project, they build knowledge for the entire sector. Evaluations can be actionable, useful to multiple stakeholders, and inform strategic decision-making if practitioners understand the existing evidence base and work together to fill the gaps.

ANDE is working to support both goals. Read more about ANDE’s vision for the future of measurement, and what ANDE members are already doing to take action with measurement: 

Metrics 3.0: A vision for shared metrics 
The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector
Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance: Tips from Practitioners