Join us on 27 September for “Measuring What Matters on the road to Bogotá: Bridging scholarship and practice”

11 Sep 2023


How closely do the interests of scholars align with those of activists and change-makers when it comes to the measurement of social impact? 

This webinar – to be held on 27 September – invites you to explore this question with peers and with three academics who recently published an article examining the scholarship on social impact evaluation and proposing a research programme to advance theory and practice. (Note: A PDF copy of their article will be sent to everyone who registers for the webinar.)

Activists are intuitively engaged in learning processes, even if they might not always refer (or want to refer) to this work as “M & E”, “MEL”, “MEAL”, etc. Many have spoken up against the transactional and formulaic measurement frameworks that are pervasive in the philanthropy and international development sectors, calling for more transformational approaches that connect measurement practices to realities and change processes on the ground and that highlight the importance of testing out new approaches.

This webinar is designed to help identify potential intersections and opportunities across and between scholarship and practice, by bringing social change activists into dialogue with academics, with a view to forging new pathways for collaboration and experimentation in the pursuit of new alternatives.

The webinar will form part of a broad range of activities that are part of the “road to Bogotá” and the #ShiftThePower Global Summit that will take place from 5 – 7 December in Colombia. It is also one event on the calendar of the Comuá Network’s Transforming Philanthropy Month. 




Date: Wednesday 27 September

This 90 minute session will begin at: 8pm Delhi / 5:30pm Nairobi / 4:30pm Johannesburg / 3:30pm London / 2:30pm Accra / 11:30am São Paulo / 10:30am New York / 9:30am Bogotá / 8:30am Mexico City

Language: Simultaneous French, Portuguese and Spanish translation will be provided


Authors of Nonprofit Organizations and the Evaluation of Social Impact: A Research Program to Advance Theory and Practice including:

  • Lehn Benjamin, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University (United States)
  • Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor of Management, Fletcher School & Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University (United States)
  • Mary Kay Gugerty, Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning; Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington (United States)


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