A center for the reinforcement of culture and evaluation practices, through guidance, methodological support, training, updating and alignment with international methodologies.

The Center of Competence is part of the Turin Social Impact strategic plan and is promoted by the Social Entrepreneurship Committee of the Turin Chamber of commerce. Launched in 2018 with the technical support of Human Foundation, it is the subject of a three-year agreement between the chamber and the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, and is available to all public and private, profit and non-profit entities in the area.

Knowledge

Promotion of the measurement practice and culture through seminars and meetings and a high level University course realized by the University of Turin

Analysis

Monitoring of the ecosystem, first stage guidance for the interested subjects and needs assessment through a specific procedure

Measurement

Support aimed at sharing methodologies, strengthening the ecosystem, ensure guidance to the organizations along their measurement processes

Insights

Edward T. Jackson (2013) Interrogating the theory of change: evaluating impact investing where it matters most, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 3:2, 95-110

Lombardo, Giovanni; Mazzocchetti, Andrea; Rapallo, Irene; Tayser, Nader; Cincotti, Silvano. 2019. Assessment of the Economic and Social Impact Using SROI: An Application to Sport Companies Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3612.

 

Banerjee Abhijit, Karlan Dean & Zinman Jonathan. (2015).). Six Randomized Evaluations of Microcredit: Introduction and Further Steps.  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 7. 1-21

The report published by the independent research institute Brookings delves into the tool of SIBs (social impact bonds) and the effects of this tool on the ecosystem of services. The analysis focuses on a number of claims about the use of SIBs, in particular their contribution in:

  • building a culture of evaluation and monitoring;
  • encouraging a more flexible and iterative performance management approach;
  • promoting innovation;
    attracting private capital;
  • incentivizing collaborative processes and/or promoting sustainability of impact.

The evaluation activity of some experiences has highlighted how the importance of data and monitoring activity in the activation and management of this tool, represents an important mechanism to promote a culture of evaluation among public administrations, providers and investors.

The European Evaluation Society, a European society that promotes and guides evaluation theory and practice at an international level, has launched a podcast entitled EvalEdge dedicated to the theme of emerging technologies and their link to evaluation practice. Among the topics covered: blockchain, blended finance. The podcast is in English language.

Go to the podcast.