In the run up for EVPA’s annual conference taking place this December in Madrid, Stone Soup Consulting has taken a close look at the social impact investment sector in Spain. Certainly and at first glance, the sector looks dynamic, with many new and emerging players and especially after the recent CNMV (the agency in charge of supervising and inspecting the participants’ activities of the Spanish Stock Markets) announcement authorising Bolsa Social, the first crowdimpacting platform in Spain that promises to promote a positive change in society by connecting companies and investors with values. However,let’s get into the details to follow the evolution of the industry and understand the driving factors of the market. Read whole article.

Photo from the project "Pare, escute, olhe", ADC Moura

Social impact evaluation is becoming of paramount importance for NFP’s and social entrepreneurs’ organisations at a rapid pace and on a large scale throughout the social economy sector. This is due to extraordinary improvements in social impact evaluation methods, instruments and efficiency and to profound changes in the social organisations' management methods and at the same time following increasing competition for scarce resources.

Given this trend, that has been evolving for a few years and that seems to be here to stay, several challenges have arisen for both organisations and social impact evaluators and become a problem that Stone Soup Consulting is attempting to solve:
 


 

 

El próximo día 12 de noviembre nos trasladamos a Sevilla a la Jornada Profesional de Fundaciones para impartir la conferencia ¿Por qué y para qué medir nuestro impacto social?

Por tercer año, la Asociación de Fundaciones Andaluzas organiza este foro de encuentro y debate para el sector fundacional en torno a mesas redondas y conferencias

en las que intervendrán profesionales de reconocido prestigio con amplio conocimiento del sector.

 

Este evento dirigido a  presidentes, patronos, directivos, mandos intermedios y otros profesionales del Tercer Sector tiene un doble objetivo. Por una parte, poner en

común nuevas perspectivas y experiencias que se están llevando a cabo en el sector en materia de medición de impacto, marketing online, colaboración y captación de fondos. Por otra, la Jornada Profesional

de Fundaciones ofrece a los asistentes la posibilidad de hacer networking con más de 160 responsables de fundaciones y asociaciones que se darán cita en esta jornada de referencia.

 

Todos los detalles prácticos para asistir a la conferencia y programa en este enlace.

 


Women attending one of Fundacion Altadis' workshops

Our mission in Stone Soup Consulting is to find the best ingredients that will strengthen the social impact of organisations aiming at leaving a high social footprint. Here is an example of an organisation that accepted to question its projects’ management processes, and therefore has maximised its social impact potential, the Altadis Foundation. Let’s see how the Altadis Foundation changes its recipe!

The Altadis Foundation is the non-profit Organisation of Imperial Tobacco Group. It supports initiatives that reduce extreme poverty, improve food security, increase well-being and ensure environmental sustainability in developing countries. Our first contact with them dates back to early 2014 when we were asked to evaluate the social impact of a sample of eight projects. This would make the Altadis Foundation understand, quantify and better communicate the impact of its work. What was the result? The Altadis Foundation could confirm that its projects were indeed generating impact in its main beneficiaries and that these impacts had been sustained over time. However, there was still an ingredient missing that would enable a stronger social impact of the Foundation’s projects.

Multiplicam-se as iniciativas que procuram promover uma adopção mais sistémica da análise e avaliação do impacto social. E ainda bem, porque todas fazem falta. Embora os conceitos sejam conhecidos, a sua aplicação prática levanta desafios e dificuldades. Para ultrapassá-los, faz falta mais e melhor informação e formação e, sobretudo, mais intercâmbio de aprendizagens e cooperação entre organizações e profissionais que trabalham em torno do desta temática. POR GRUPO DE IMPACTO PORTUGAL

O impacto está na ordem do dia e, especialmente, a sua avaliação. Mas convém dizer, antes de mais, que o mesmo não se limita às tarefas de monitorização e avaliação. Inclui-as, mas vai para além delas. A prática de impacto corresponde, na verdade, a um ciclo de actividades que começa no planeamento da mudança que se pretende gerar e das acções necessárias para o alcançar, e inclui a recolha de informação, a avaliação, a comunicação e a aprendizagem com o processo.