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The Impact Genome: Predicting Social Impact
April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The government and the social sector in philanthropy are the only places in the economy that measure impact only after a program has been funded. Every other business uses data to predict the impact. The Impact Genome is a universal evidence base to research, evaluate and predict what works in social change. The Genome spans 132 common outcomes across 11 areas of social impact.
The idea is to apply the same concept used in the music genome (think of how Pandora figures out what you like) to a decision-support platform for civic funders and policymakers. It will allow practitioners to build programs using evidence “decoded” by pulling in unstructured data from academic research studies together with existing social policy. They then use that data to estimate the impact of the programs (and standardize the reporting). Among other benefits , this project will also allow for benchmarking and rationalize how resources are allocated.
This short video explains it far better than I can, But even better, come join us on April 5th to hear Mission Measurement founder Jason Saul talk about the genesis of this project, the data it uses, and the data it will create. 6:00pm at the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago.
And…there will be pizza.