GUIDING DOCUMENTS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT MANAGEMENT (SIM)There are three guiding documents for SIM as recognized by SIMI:
- 1)The “Principles for Social Impact Intention “, developed by SIMI in 2018, which outlines actions to be taken to improve social impact.
- 2)The “Social Impact Management Framework” which provides a framework for business operations based on the principles of social impact intention.
- 3)The “Social Impact Management Guidelines” established in November 2018, which provides concrete guidelines for social impact management implementation.
Principles for Social impact IntentionThe SIMI considers the social impact intention is a way of thinking that emphasizes the improvement of social impact generation through various initiatives that contribute to the resolution of social issues and the creation of social value. The SIMI has established the following principles that amplify the social impact intention.
1. Work on project development and improvement with an emphasis on social impactClarify the path, period, and resources for solving social issues and realizing the creation of social value with a long-term perspective, evaluate the social impact against the intended outcome, and run the PDCA cycle. Stakeholders that support businesses in various ways should proactively identify and support those that place a strong emphasis on social impact.
2. Working together with various stakeholdersBring together nonprofits, corporations, funders, intermediary support organizations, citizens and government agencies to best utilize their respective strengths such as knowledge, experience and technology in order to solve social issues and create social value.
3. Disseminate good business modelsProactively disseminate and share knowledge gained from individual efforts to create a business model that can spread to diverse regions and sectors, and increase social impact by replicating those business models.
Social Impact Management FrameworkThis Framework outlines business management methods that increase social impact by adhering to the principles for social impact intention. Click here (URL: Japanese only).
Social Impact Management GuidelinesThese Guidelines expand upon the Social Impact Management Framework and provide a concrete direction. Click here (URL: Japanese only).
The Practical Guide and toolsThe Practical Guide illustrates the steps that businesses can take to advance social impact management. It provides guidance for the construction of logic models, the identification of outcomes to be measured, and the selection of measurement methods. In the Practical Guide, the 10 steps are described for working through the impact management cycle based on the “5 + 2 principles” of evaluation for social impact.
- Step 1: Preparation
- Step 2: Information gathering / research (SIM first stage: Plan)
- Step 3: Identification of issues and setting objectives (SIM first stage: Plan)
- Step 4: Verification of logic for strategy implementation (SIM first stage: Plan)
- Step 5: Examination of indicators and measurement methods (SIM first stage: Plan)
- Step 6: Creation of project plan and evaluation plan (SIM first stage: Plan)
- Step 7: Project implementation and process management / monitoring (SIM second stage: Do)
- Step 8: Data collection (SIM 3rd stage: Assess)
- Step 9: Data analysis (SIM 3rd stage: Assess)
- Step 10: Reporting / utilization (SIM 4th stage: Report & Utilize)
The following logic models by sector are available:
- ●Employment support
- ●Community development
- ●Environmental education
- ●Culture and art
- ●Welfare (elderly care)
- ●Parenting support
- ●Disaster prevention
- ●Homeless support
- ●Social capital
Outcome Indicator Database
In the Outcome Indicator Database, some commonly used indicators to measure outcomes are presented along with how to measure those indicators.Click here (URL: Japanese only) for the Outcome Indicator Database.