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[Webinar] Not One Size Fits All: The Varying Needs of Social Enterprises and Inclusive Businesses

Part 1 of the Series on Innovative Financial Instruments for Impact Date: 15th October 2020 (Thu)Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (CET)Venue: Online Join us for a new online event on the 15th of October at 14-16 CET by the Investment Climate Reform (ICR) Facility in partnership with The Social Investment Consultancy…

Our outgoing analyst looks back at 9 months at TSIC

Our Analyst, Max Steinhoefel, left around a month ago for a new job as Employment Advisor at Status Employment, working across the borough of Lambeth. We thank him for all his contribution, will certainly miss him though we are excited that a talent like Max will be dedicating his time…

We are looking for our next analyst!

We are excited to be looking for an analyst to join our small and dynamic team in London! You would work with our consultants across our main two areas of work: Impact evaluation: we help our clients understand their impact and how to improve. We do that using social science research. Business…

Launching TSIC India

We are happy to announce that The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) is launching its India operations with Pooja Menon joining the team and leading the India Business from Bengaluru. TSIC in the past has worked in India, and is looking forward to increase our engagement in the region with this…

Draft Systems Change Evaluation Methodology

Having reviewed many frameworks in systems change we have shortlisted the 5Rs framework to be the starting point for the evaluation methodology, however noting that it comes from USAID (first published in 2014) which may be rooted in a certain knowledge paradigm.  The 5Rs framework was shortlisted primarily because of…

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…
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