Entries by Jane Reisman

The Evolution of Impact Measurement and Management

This video from Impact Entrepreneur TV provides a close-up view and stimulating conversation about the evolving standards and conventions for impact measurement and management (IMM). I had the privilege of moderating a blockbuster panel featuring Impact Management Project’s Clara Barby, The Global Impact Investing Network’s Kelly McCarthy, SVT Group’s Sara Olsen, and Capria’s Uma Sekar. […]

Launching Moving Beyond

Last year with my colleagues Aparna Rae, and Pat Vinh-Thomas, I launched Moving Beyond as a response to the compelling need to address the inclusion of DEI across the growing field of impact investing and other forms of innovative finance. We advise and support fund managers, wealth advisors, ​impact-investors, philanthropists, and other social innovators creating […]

Is Improved Evidence the Next Big Priority for Impact Investing?

Check out my latest blog post for The Rockefeller Foundation about momentum for building an evidence base for impact investing, coauthored with Veronica Olazabal and Shawna Hoffman. While the field of impact investing is relatively young, there is a sense of increased priority and urgency around impact measurement data in order to build a case […]

Retired? Rewired? Reinspired?

December 31, 2015, was a turning point for me. After founding and growing ORS Impact for more than 25 years, I stepped off its leadership team and faced my next big challenge. Assessing the future, I realized I have too much fire in my belly to “retire,” but I am equally unattracted to developing another company. While […]

Creating a New Ball Game

The demand for evaluation of social impact has reached an unprecedented level. Interestingly, though, the evaluation profession has hefty competition in its home-field among a rising profession of “impact analysts,” and may not have the home field advantage. Why has demand for evaluation increased? Who is competing with the evaluation profession? And why don’t evaluators […]

Demand for Evaluation

Pressing world problems like the rising tide of inequality and climate change cannot be solved by the public sector alone. This is one of the realities motivating venture philanthropists and market-oriented impact investors to bring billions of dollars of resources and innovations to activities addressing our world’s social and environmental threats. These new actors are […]