Between 14 and 18 May, AVPN conducted a workshop series across Delhi, Singapore and Shanghai on an Introduction to Social Performance Measurement (SPM). These workshops were led by Peter Scholten, Chair of the EVPA Working group on Performance Measurement. Special thanks to our workshop partners, UBS and NPI, who contributed to these workshops with venue support in Singapore and Shanghai respectively. We had a total of 62 participants across the 3 workshop venues representing various sectors in the venture philanthropy community. These include foundations (family and corporate), family offices, social investors, private equity firms, government agencies, universities and NGOs.
There was a varied level of SPM practice among the participants and as an initial workshop in AVPN’s calendar of events, this workshop series was pitched at the introductory level. Peter covered the concepts around SPM and how an organization should plan to effectively execute its SPM strategy. The workshop also covered various frameworks (Balanced Scorecard, SROI, Progress out of Poverty), tools (Tools of Change, Social Evaluator, Impact Map and Value Game) and databases (IRIS, WikiVois and World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study) and where time permitted, the participants completed some quick exercises using the SPM frameworks.
The feedback received from these workshops was largely positive, and a majority of the participants indicated interest in delving deeper into specific case studies around the implementation of some SPM frameworks. AVPN has taken this feedback on board and will work towards putting together future workshops that meet this need.
Three different Asian cities, one topic: Social Performance Measurement. Was great to see so many people in such a short time, all willing to share, learn and develop. I hope this is a good start for Asia to be involved in the creation of the Global Accepted Social Accounting Principles (GASAP)
– Peter Scholten
Some photos from the workshop series across the 3 cities: