- Acumen's “Lean Data” impact measurement methodology lets the firm hear “directly from customers, even those in the most remote locations, in ways that creates value for them, for the companies that serve them, and for investors,” write Acumen’s Sasha Dichter and Tom Adams in the Measure Better series opener.
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- “The single most important feature of Lean Data is its focus on listening to customers in order to serve them better,” writes Alnoor Ebrahim, a professor Tufts’ Fletcher School. Acumen’s Lean Data methodology is no silver bullet, he says, and “is better seen as a complement to evaluation approaches such as randomized control trials rather than a substitute.”
- Even Jed acknowledged progress in a conversation for ImpactAlpha’s Measure Better series, produced in partnership with Acumen. Lean Data, Emerson says, has lowered the cost and timeline of impact measurement, and could potentially raise the bar for the quality of data as well.
- Jessica Kiessel cut her impact chops conducting randomized control trials on global development programs for Innovations for Poverty Action, the research organization known for its rigorous evaluations. Now she’s tasked with evaluating the impact of products and services of early-stage firms and other companies in the Omidyar Network portfolio that are tackling challenges in education, financial services and citizen engagement.
- ImpactAlpha spoke with members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s agricultural development team for our Measure Better series with Acumen. Chiara Kovarik, a program officer, along with Laura Birx, deputy director for strategy, are using Lean Data to evaluate global development grants.
- Sara Taylor and Martina Castro of the CDC Group, the U.K.’s development finance institution, want to make sure measuring the impact of investments of the CDC's Impact Fund goes hand-in-hand with delivering business insights to firms supplying products and services to underserved populations in developing markets.
- Clara Barby leads an initiative that has achieved something few in the impact measurement space thought possible: consensus. Barby, a partner at Bridges Fund Management, is CEO of the Impact Management Project, which has worked with some 2,000 practitioners to build shared norms for impact measurement and management. One area of agreement: stakeholder feedback belongs at the center of impact management.