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Cooperative Impact

Creating an environment that encourages new connections between the makers. Programs to reconnect people with their humanity so they care about people more than profit. As we build a pipeline of inspired community members it organically induces a specific type of new ideas. Rather than productivity tools we think of ways to make the quality of life better for all residing in this great nation. Connecting these budding social entrepreneurs with mentors is an imoprtant step in the process of blending a sustainable revenue model with their community-based idea. Impact investors are waiting in the wings.

In the early stage of developing a social enterprise ecosystem it is easiest to describe it as:

“Local community members who work cooperatively to create business models that tackle social problems like inequality and climate change. Members are assets to one another as they share resources, insight, and advice from respective industries.”




Researching collaborative practices


The Balanced Scorecard Institute

The Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI) provides training, certification and consulting services to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations worldwide. BSI helps clients increase focus on strategy and results, improve organizational performance by measuring what matters, align the work people do on a day-to-day basis with strategy, focus on the drivers of future performance, improve communication of the organization’s Vision and Strategy, and prioritize in tough economic times.


London Benchmarking Group

The LBG model enables CCI professionals to measure their company’s overall contribution to the community, taking account of cash, time and in-kind donations, as well as management costs. The model also records the outputs and longer-term community and business impacts of CCI projects


The AtKisson Group

The AtKisson Group, founded in 1992, is one of the world’s most experienced multi-service organizations in the field of professional sustainability. We focus our efforts on helping the people who make sustainability happen. We work as consultants, trainers, advisers, researchers, communicators, and more.


The Social Return on Investment Network

SROI seeks to include the values of people that are often excluded from markets in the same terms as used in markets, that is money, in order to give people a voice in resource allocation decisions. SROI is a framework to structure thinking and understanding. It’s a story not a number. The story should show how you understand the value created, manage it and can prove it.

SROI is an account of value creation and the account requires a mix of information including qualitative, quantitative and financial. In the same way as quoting a financial return on investment without any other information, the SROI ratio, by itself, has little meaning. The range of judgement that is permissible within an SROI analysis means that comparisons of SROI ratios alone are not recommended. Comparison of forecast and actual ratios provide the starting point for an understanding the reasons for the difference which will also need to draw on other types of information.


Society for Benefit Cost Analysis

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (the “Society”), founded in 2007, is an international group of practitioners, academics, and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. Although these tools have gained wide acceptance in many countries, ongoing work is needed to continue to improve the tools, their application, and the institutional settings in which they are applied.

Benefit-cost analysis (BCA), also known as cost-benefit analysis, aims to inform the decision-making process with specific types of information, namely measures in monetary terms of willingness to pay for a change by those who will benefit from it as well as of the willingness to accept the change by those who will not benefit.

The use of monetary terms provides a common metric. Its purpose is not to price everything, but rather to order choices in a way that informs decision-makers about social factors.


The World Bank’s Poverty and Social Impact Analysis Multi-Donor Trust Fund

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) is the analysis of the distributional impact of policy reforms on the well-being or welfare of different stakeholder groups, with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. The goal of the World Bank’s work on PSIA is to both make the World Bank’s operations and policy advice more sensitive to poverty and social impacts and to build capacity in partner countries to develop poverty reduction strategies on the basis of sound analytical work.

PSIA has been developed by the World Bank as a multi-disciplinary approach combining social and economic analysis. The initiative has been jointly led by the Social Development Department (SDV) in the Sustainable Development Network (SDN) and the Poverty Reduction Group in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM).



GIIRS is the only entity that has: a focus on the impact performance of private companies; that uses a cross-industry and cross-geographic methodology; and that provides transparent, independent, and verified data. GIIRS is a hybrid private/public good in that while it charges for its services in order to become sustainable, it is a non-profit entity that publishes data for public use and educates/advocates about impact investing and impact metrics, and it maintains transparent standards and an assessment tool that can be used by anyone for internal use for free.


Global Impact Investing Network’s IRIS

The IRIS catalog pulls together the most useful metrics from across the impact investing industry and puts them in one place which makes it easier to create an informed performance measurement system and reduce mistakes that could affect your credibility. Using IRIS metrics also makes it easier to compare your performance with others and communicate your results to the entire industry. If you are interested in tracking your performance results, the IRIS catalog is your resource for selecting social, environmental, and financial metrics.

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