Social Impact Investment

Building the Evidence Base

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Social impact investment can provide new ways to more efficiently and effectively allocate public and private capital to address social and economic challenges at the global, national and local levels. While these innovative market-based approaches will not replace the core role of the public sector or the need for philanthropy, they can provide a potentially powerful means for leveraging existing capital.

This report provides a framework for assessing the social impact investment market and focuses on the need to build the evidence base, in particular for impact assessment compared to existing social service delivery models. The report highlights the importance of further international collaboration in developing global standards on definitions, data collection, impact measurement and evaluation of policies as well as experience sharing between players in the market. International organisations can play an important role in facilitating these collaborations as well as conducting further analysis and data collection.



Overview of social impact investment

This chapter provides an overview of social impact investment highlighting its policy relevance in today’s economic and social environment. It starts by discussing the growing need for new approaches for solving economic and social challenges and the role that social impact investment can play in that respect. It then provides an overview of current trends, opportunities and challenges in the social impact investment market. It also shows how the market is evolving and compares that to parallels in the evolution of the capital markets.


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