Assessment is imperative to improving performance and to generating social impact. It creates value for businesses and their stakeholders as they use data to improve operations. It is an iterative process – metrics can and should shift as a company evolves from design to scale. We specialize in applying a multidimensional approach to assessing poverty reduction. Multidimensional assessment provides unique insights into increasing effectiveness, sustainability and scalability.
WDI’s Performance Measurement Initiative (PMI) designs and implements customized assessment solutions to understand the economic, social and environmental performance and outcomes of organizations and businesses operating in emerging economies. Our team uses these data to create more value for stakeholders by improving the effectiveness, scalability and sustainability of ventures. We have conducted numerous projects with a variety of private, non-profit and government partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These assessments have spanned the following sectors: agribusiness, healthcare, information technology, renewable energy, housing, sanitation, impact sourcing, and economic growth.
As opposed to focusing only on output-level or economic indicators, we focus in assessing multidimensional poverty reduction outcomes such as changes in physical and/or psychological health, knowledge, self-esteem, aspirations, empowerment, interactions, social networks, home and/or local environment in addition to financial indicators such as income. We specialize in developing research designs and quantitative and qualitative questions and surveys that measure these indicators. We carefully adapt our questions and data collection methods to the local context in order to ensure accurate and valuable data are collected.
Our team also engages with experts across different disciplines at the University of Michigan who have developed unique tools and frameworks, and have a wealth of measurement experience. We also provide different trainings on assessment best practices.
For more information about our Performance Measurement Initiative, please send an email message.
The Performance Measurement Initiative utilizes a range of measurement tools, frameworks and methodologies. One of the tools our team uses is the Base of the Pyramid Impact Assessment Framework (BoP IAF), featured in the Harvard Business Review in order to help inclusive businesses gain a deep understanding of how they affect their Base of the Pyramid (BoP) stakeholders. The BoP IAF is flexible, customizable to the business and provides managers with a robust and systematic approach to understanding venture influence on their local buyers, sellers, and communities in which they exist. The framework accounts for positive and negative poverty alleviation impacts by assessing three areas of well-being: economic, capability and relationship, as defined below:
- Economic Well-being: Changes in income, income stability, assets, consumer surplus and economic productivity resulting from the enterprise’s activities.
- Capability Well-being: Changes in physical health, skills, knowledge, psychological well-being and aspirations resulting from the enterprise’s activities.
- Relationship Well-being: Changes in roles and status within family, community, etc., access to social support, levels of dependence and responsiveness and quality of the local physical and cultural environment resulting from the enterprise’s activities.
Click here to fill in your own customized BoP IAF using our interactive tool, or read on below for more information on how to use the BoP IAF
The BoP IAF is also highly collaborative as key stakeholders help inform which impacts are collected. The framework also informs of required future evaluation measures through continuous conversations with the venture’s local stakeholders. The methodology includes an initial ‘Strategic Analysis’ phase followed by a ‘Performance Analysis’ phase. During the Strategic Analysis phase, the team conducts the following activities:
- Desk research and conversations with the business team and external experts to identify a potential list of social and economic impact indicators.
- Interviews with key BoP stakeholders during a field visit in order to collect qualitative information to verify, enrich and identify additional impacts. The impacts are categorized by BoP stakeholder and are then prioritized based on their magnitude and likelihood of occurring. The resulting prioritized impacts comprise the set of impacts that will be quantified during the next phase, the Performance Analysis.
The second phase, the Performance Analysis, is an empirically-based quantitative assessment of the prioritized impacts from the Strategic Analysis phase.
The WDI team has extensive experience providing training and on-the-ground support for understanding and implementing this methodology. The team has implemented and refined the framework with partners in the corporate, nonprofit, and development sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We work one on one with ventures to assess their impact. Click on the Programs & Projects navigation at left to learn more about our field based projects. For more information on our impact assessment work or if you are interested in working with our team to measure your venture’s impact please contact Heather Esper at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the steps included in strategic analysis and performance analysis please review our webinar series by clicking on the Knowledge Sharing navigation at left. Additional information on the performance analysis phase can be found in this video.
- From the President: Profit-maximizing Firms Generate Social Impact Too
Monday, November 28, 2016
- WDI Speaker Series: Growing Businesses, Preserving Honey Bees
Friday, November 4, 2016
- WDI Impact Framework Being Tested in Latin America
Thursday, August 18, 2016
- From Peru to Rwanda, WDI Summer Interns Get to Work
Monday, June 6, 2016
- Watch WDI Talk On Need For New Ways To Measure Development Impact
Thursday, January 21, 2016
- WDI Refocuses Research Initiatives
Friday, January 15, 2016
- WDI Speaker: Finding New Ways To Measure Development Impact
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
- Watch WDI Talk About Supply Chain Challenges in Low-Income Countries
Monday, November 16, 2015
- WDI Refocuses Research Initiatives
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
- WDI Part Of Two Projects To Measure Development Impact
Monday, October 12, 2015
- 9 Assessment Tips To Create Value
Monday, August 10, 2015
- WDI Authors: Let’s End the Assessment Debate
Thursday, August 6, 2015
- WDI’s Esper Leading Summit Session On Assessment
Thursday, July 16, 2015
- Webinar on monitoring sustainability performance in agriculture
Thursday, June 4, 2015
- 2015 WDI Interns Blog About Summer Abroad
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
- WDI Class of 2015 Summer Interns Head Overseas
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
- Winter 2015 Davidson Review Published
Monday, March 23, 2015
- WDI’s Esper Tackles Impact Framework for IDNs in Guatemala
Thursday, October 23, 2014
- WDI’s Esper Leads Webinar Spotlighting WBCSD Program
Friday, September 26, 2014
- WDI’s NextBillion Editors Hit The Road
Monday, September 1, 2014
- WDI Summer Newsletter Is Published
Monday, August 11, 2014
- Video Replay: July 18 Impact Assessment Webinar
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Programs & Projects
Danone Ecosystem Fund: Semilla Impact Assessment
Taka Taka Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Nutrient Cycle: From Waste to Increased Agricultural Productivity
Focusing on the Next Generation: An Exploration of Enterprise Poverty Impact on Children
Sidai Africa Ltd.
Digital Divide Data
- Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor
- Geoffrey M. Kistruck
- Bernard Van Leer Foundation (link opens in a new window)
- CEMEX (link opens in a new window)
- Danone Ecosystem Fund (link opens in a new window)
- Digital Divide Data (DDD) (link opens in a new window)
- Honey Care Africa (link opens in a new window)
- Movirtu (link opens in a new window)
- Penda Health (link opens in a new window)
- Sanergy (link opens in a new window)
- Sidai Africa, Ltd. (link opens in a new window)
- SolarAid’s SunnyMoney (link opens in a new window)
- TakaTaka Solutions (link opens in a new window)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (link opens in a new window)
- Villa Andina (link opens in a new window)
- VisionSpring (link opens in a new window)