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About Social Impact Management


What is Social Impact?

Social impact is the social and environmental outcomes that result from projects and activities, including short-term and long-term changes. At SIMI, the term “social impact” is used almost synonymously with “outcome” as used in program evaluation. * This is the definition by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan in its report, “Promotion of Social Impact Measurement – Basic Concepts of Social Impact Measurement and Its Future Use for Solving Social Issues” (March 2016, Japanese only).

What is Social Impact Management?

Social impact management consists of management practices that make decisions based on information about the social impacts and value of projects generated through business operations. Improving social impact requires both increasing positive impacts and reducing negative impacts, which may be measured quantitatively as well as qualitatively.

Why Social Impact Management?

The practice of social impact management has different implications for different stakeholders:

Practice of Social Impact Management

Social impact management can be put into practice by going through the “impact management cycle” and incorporating various evaluation tasks into it. The Impact management cycle The “impact management cycle” is a management cycle for operating businesses and consists of the following four stages and one element that supports them. Stage 1: Plan Stage 2: Do Stage 3: Assess Stage 4: Report & Utilize Element Supporting All Stages: Culture & Governance The cornerstone of implementing social impact management is to effectively carry out the “impact management cycle.” Evaluation for social impact Social impact management involves different evaluation approaches depending on the phase of impact management. It highlights information about the outcome and/or value of a single or multiple projects or initiatives, and has the following two major characteristics. (1)Emphasis is placed on systematic investigation and evaluation of the effectiveness of projects and activities with a particular focus on “social impact”. (2)It is performed according to the “5 + 2 principles” of evaluation for social impact.