Progress is Slow in Measuring Social Impact – ProBono News

Posted on the 31st January 2019

PUBLISHED BY PROBONO AUSTRALIA – Andrew Callaghan 7th January 2019

There is a disconnect between government and the social sector around measuring social impact, writes Australian Social Value Bank impact specialist Andrew Callaghan for ProBono News, who explains why both sides must commit to tackling fundamental issues in impact measurement.

The measurement of social impact has grown and matured over the last decade. There is a growing body of resources, practitioners and approaches to measuring impact. But while this growth can be seen as a success, there is no doubt that it has not reached its full potential to do good in that time and that we are still grappling with many of the same challenges today as we were 10 years ago.

There is an agreement between the social sector, federal and state governments that an outcomes-based approach to planning and measuring the impact of social programs will produce greater benefits for society.

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