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Considerations For Systems Change Evaluation

Based on the rationale and the theoretical underpinnings, when developing the methodology, we are mindful that the methodology may be too reductionist but we want the methodology to fulfil the following: User-friendly: Can the methodology be relatively easy to use while embracing the complexity of systems change? How can it…

Defining Systems Change Evaluation

Here we wish to define the main concepts involved in this subject, but the definition of definitions means that it is necessarily reductive and linear, and they will not capture the dynamic nature of these concepts. What is a system? “Complex systems are a configuration of interacting, interdependent parts, connected…

Launching our Systems Change Evaluation Consultation!

We convened a Webinar in early April regarding the possibility of co-creating a systems change evaluation methodology, as part of the Skoll World Forum’s Virtual Edition. Close to 500 people signed up for the Webinar, 300 people attended and 30 people signed up to be part of the co-creation process.…

The Case For A Sector-Wide Initiative On Diversity Data

The past few months have seen philanthropic foundations waking up to the challenge of diversity and inclusion, partly because of the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on people of colour, and partly of the Black Lives Matter movement. But how can we tackle the challenge effectively if we don’t know what…

Welcoming Eleanor Lisney to join TSIC’s Advisory Board

As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are in the process of building out our Advisory Board. We are excited to announce our first Advisory Board member – Eleanor Lisney. I met Eleanor back in December 2016 through a RSA event and was amazed by her…

System change evaluation methodology – call for co-creation and feedback

At TSIC, we have been thinking about how to evaluate the impact of system change interventions for a while and a few months ago, we started working on a practical system change evaluation methodology. This document presents our initial thinking on the methodology, based on what we’ve heard and learnt.…

How COVID-19 is affecting vulnerable groups

By Yu-shan Chiu and Bonnie Chiu Data has suggested an emerging trend that COVID-19 puts a disproportionate burden on vulnerable groups such as the elderly, women, and ethnic minorities. These groups are not vulnerable in and of themselves, but are rather made vulnerable by the unequal systems and structures. As…

Announcing TSIC as Strategic Partners of Social Value UK!

We are proud to announce TSIC as a Strategic Partner of Social Value UK. Social Value UK is the professional body for social value and impact management in the United Kingdom, and it is a Joint Member Network of Social Value International, the global standard-setting organisation for social value and…

Advice for startups: How to successfully scale technologies in development and humanitarian settings

Our Managing Director, Bonnie Chiu, was invited to be a panelist at the Google for Startups Accelerator on the SDGs on 5th May 2020, alongside UNICEF Innovation Fund, UN Women Innovation, UNDP Accelerator Lab Network and ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund. This blog post summarises our thoughts on scaling. How to…

Starting our journey to co-creating a system change evaluation methodology

At TSIC, we are embarking on a journey to develop a new methodology that will help organisations small and large evaluate their impact on system change. We will invite a wide range of organisations, funders and evaluators to contribute and make system change evaluation possible.  At first, it might not…

We are proud to announce the launch of B4Purpose

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have created a completely new paradigm for how business and civil society address the most urgent challenges of our time. For us here at The Social Investment Consultancy the SDGs are a new vision on how business is done to create necessary social change. And…

Three ways frontline charities in the UK are coping with coronavirus

We know from news that the Covid-19 crisis is putting particular strain on small businesses and charities – 48% of charities, reported by Civil Society, expect income to fall by about a third because of the coronavirus. Therefore, last Tuesday we organised a call with our charity clients in the…

TSIC in time of Coronavirus – we are here to help!

Just like for a lot of people, for us the past weeks have been full of uncertainty. We found ourselves anxiously checking the news for the last government update and learning about the rules of social distancing and proper hand washing. It is a stressful and exhausting time for all…

Six pitfalls for funders in impact measurement

A study from 2013 cited that 88% of funders think that impact measurement makes charities more effective – and 89% of them think it makes funders more effective too. While the figure is a bit dated, with the growth of results-based financing, it is fair to expect that there is…

TSIC Impact Report 2019

As advocates for impact measurement, we believe strongly in the value of evidence and learning. So, we need to do this for ourselves too, and be transparent about our impact as an organisation. We are excited to reveal our Impact Report 2019 – click here to learn about our work…
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