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Ensuring impact: using methods and metrics to assess results

October 2015 — It's a no-brainer: If you want to measure business success, look to the numbers. But with the advent of hybridized "philanthrocapitalism" and technologies enabling the measurement and analysis of practically everything, the same standard has become prevalent in the social sector as well. Giving a clear, quantifiable picture of a program's impact helps beneficiaries and funders alike by ensuring that grant money reaches its target, and helping foundations, governments, and NGOs make better funding choices.

This month, URB.im looks at innovations in quantification from cities around the Global South — programs and practices that give social success a much-needed metric and enable funders to be guided by strategy and statistics instead of sentiment. Follow the conversation as it unfolds over the course of the month and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Can good data save lives?

Mumbai, 2 October 2015 — Vera Solutions has helped organizations around the world harness technology to improve their data collection and use. The Mumbai-based company has worked with local NGOs, such as the Foundation for Mother and Child Health, to customize systems that make tracking important data easier to track and analyze. The databases have transformed the way social organizations understand their impact and diagnose the best way forward with making change happen. See more.

মাইক্রো ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজিং : দুগ্ধজাত খাদ্যে বিষক্রিয়া রোধে ক্ষুদ্র অথচ কার্যকর সমাধান

Dhaka, 1 October 2015 — দাতব্যসেবার আধুনিকায়নের সাথে সাথে দাতারা সামাজিক পরিবর্তনে প্রদত্ত সেবার পরিসংখ্যানগত ভূমিকা নির্ণয়ে আগ্রহী হয়ে উঠছেন। কৃষি উৎস একটি মাইক্রো ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজি ধাঁচের উদ্যোগ এবং এই মডেলের শর্তাবলির সাথে প্রায় খাপে খাপে মিলে যায়। এছাড়াও বিনিয়োগকারীদের সামাজিক খাতে বিনিয়োগের সুফল পরিমাপ করে দেখিয়ে দেয়। এই পরিসংখ্যান অন্যান্য শহর ও নগরে একই ধরনের উদ্যোগ নেয়ার সিদ্ধান্তকে উৎসাহিত ও পরিপূর্ণ করে কারণ উদ্যোগ গ্রহণের পূর্বেই উদ্যোক্তারা কার্যক্রমের সম্ভাব্য ফলাফল জানতে ও পরিমাপ করতে পারে। See more.


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You can also join our September discussion on Aligning local anti-poverty efforts with global goals.

September 2015 — The post-2015 development agenda is both ambitious and absolutely necessary. How can cities and organizations — from global foundations to community-based NGOs — align their work with the Sustainable Development Goals and other development frameworks in order to coordinate and scale their efforts, increase their impact, and ensure that these critically important goals are achieved?

This month, URB.im examines how funders, practitioners, communities, and other stakeholders are linking local efforts to eradicate urban poverty with global development goals. Follow the conversation as it unfolds over the course of the month and share your thoughts in the comments below.

India's sanitation crisis needs imaginative design and behavioral change communication

Delhi, 28 September 2015 — The article discusses the need to look beyond infrastructural solutions to imaginative designs and behavioral change communication to end India's sanitation crisis through the case study of Project Sammaan. See more.

چرا توصیههای بانک جهانی در ایران کار نمیکند؟

Tehran, 25 September 2015 – از حدود دو دهه پیش دولت ایران تلاش کرده توصیه های بانک جهانی را برای ارتقای سکونتگاههای غیررسمی به کار بندد. در این راه ستاد توانمندسازی نیز شکل گرفت. با این حال همه طرح های این ستاد تاکنون شکست خورده است. این مقاله درباره مهمترین دلایل این شکست است. ادامه مطلب.

Ensuring inclusive growth through local dialogue in Accra

Accra, 24 September 2015 — Ghana was selected for an inclusive dialogue on what should be the core mandate of the post-2015 agenda. This led to stakeholder meetings between various participants, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, who laid out their grievance during the country consultation. See more.

Planning between the local and the global in Johannesburg's Spatial Development Framework

Johannesburg, 23 September 2015 — This article is the second in a series on the shaping of the City of Johannesburg's current Spatial Development Framework (Joburg SDF). This month we spoke to Rogier van den Berg of The Urban Planning and Design LAB, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) – international planning consultants for the Joburg SDF – to discuss the relationship between local efforts and global goals. See more.

Environmental conservation in the City of Trees

Abuja, 22 September 2015 — Environmental protection and tree conservation have always been important in Abuja. Learn more about how this is achieved through government policy and civil society conservation programs working towards sustainable resource management. See more.

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