SEIF also conducts in-depth impact due diligences on impact driven solutions. Reports focus on the solution’s Theory of Change (ToC), assessment of impact targets, their contribution towards the SDGs by selecting meaningful KPIs as well as on giving overall recommendations on impact. These reports lay the foundation for a following impact measurement reporting system or can also be a basis for investment decisions.
SEIF‘s approach uses a scoring system that is based on the renowned Impact Management Framework, an initiative that convenes leading industry standards. It builds global consensus on how to measure and manage impact by bringing together practitioners to debate technical subjects and share best practices. Part of this network are leading actors such as GIIN, IFC, GRI, Social Value International, and UNDP. These industry standards can be integrated into further impact management and indicators systems such as IRIS. Impact can be assessed and reported both on an individual as well as on a portfolio basis.
Goal & Structure of the Impact Due Diligence & Reporting
The Impact Due Diligence of SEIF consists of a multi-page report going into much greater detail after the Impact Assessment. Its goal is to get a deep dive into social & environmental impact of the company/start-up. It includes a quantitative assessment based on the Impact Assessment with additional info on key pros and cons of the entity, an executive summary of the product offering and the business model of the company, clear elaborations of the company on the five dimensions of the Impact Management Project (IMP), a Theory of Change and recommendations for action. For this, information from the pitch-deck as well as deeply insightful talks with the enterprise are necessary to get a full picture of the real impact of the company.
“Impact Management can be hard, especially for tech entrepreneurs, but it is fundamental to ensure the impact created is aligned with the expectations. My general recommendation is to adopt a step-by-step approach, starting with a clear theory of change.”Manuella Cunha Brito, Good Tech Lab
Since KPIs are also used, which change over time, a reporting system can be set up with the Impact DD, which measures the impact of an enterprise over time.
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