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Oranges & Lemons: the State of Play of Impact Measurement in the Social Investment Market

1 June 2015
  • Building Social Investments Market

If the purpose of social investment is to use capital in order to effect positive social change, then delivering and evidencing that positive change must be at the core of what social investors do. 

This report by Investing for Good, reports on how 10 UK leading social investors incorporate social impact in screening and assessing investments as well as how transactions are priced and structured and investment decisions made.  It also provides a useful overview of the current state of impact measurement practices in the social finance sector and the practical challenges that investors are facing.  There was variance amongst the approaches taken by the 10 investors with some taking a “system-driven” approach and others a less formal one; reliant on discussions, narratives and a deep understanding of the risks in the market.