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Interest in social impact measurement and SROI (Social Return on Investment) is growing. Governments, foundations and impact investors are raising the bar and asking for better evaluation and impact data. Purpose-led businesses, social enterprises, nonprofits and charities are under increasing pressure to demonstrate value. Organizations need to show they: deliver value for money services; produce economic, environmental and social impacts; and create measurable social value for stakeholders. While there’s no simple solution to the challenges of measuring social impact, it really doesn’t have to be complicated. With just a little time and effort even small social enterprises can measure social impact in a balanced and compelling way. This program has been developed to support better impact practice. It is the world’s most comprehensive impact measurement training program, and covers everything that organizations can do to plan, measure, communicate and grow their social impact. Through a series of 10 online courses, the program provides all of the foundations for better impact practice. 1. ESTABLISHING YOUR MISSION Your organization is on a mission to change society for the better. It all starts here. Find out how to tell others about your cause and why it matters. Learn how to build consensus on the mission that propels your work forward and defines its success. 2. DEFINING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL All successful social enterprises find the sweet spot between mission and money. Learn about the different businesses approaches that can be used to deliver your mission and how to design a business model that will maximise impact. 3. IDENTIFYING YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION Social enterprises are complicated organizations. They create value in many ways. Find out about value propositions, and how you can use them to describe the things that make your work distinctive, successful and uniquely valuable to others. 4. DEVELOPING A RESULTS FRAMEWORK Making a positive change in the world isn’t easy. It takes careful planning. Find out how to explain your theory of change, and how to use it to manage the relationship between your strategies, your performance, and the results you bring about. 5. USING PERFORMANCE MEASURES Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Find out how to find, use and apply performance measures to show that you are making progress and achieving the impact you hoped for. 6. COLLECTING USEFUL INFORMATION The facts are always friendly, so let good evidence guide your way. Find out how to decide what information you should be collecting and the methods that you can use. Learn about our 10 tips for better data collection and a simpler life. 7. GAUGING PERFORMANCE AND IMPACT Using data can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to drown in a sea of numbers. Find out how to assemble and analyze data quickly and in a way that stands up to scrutiny. Learn how to use data to make smarter and more impactful decisions. 8. REPORTING ON RESULTS You no longer have to get weighed down by the same dull reports. Find out how to produce a full, balanced and persuasive account of your work. Learn how to use narrative, numbers, images and stories to good effect. 9. COMMUNICATING WITH IMPACT Don’t keep your story a secret; shout it from the rooftops. Find out to use tried and tested communication methods to share your evidence, strengthen your message and mobilise an army of supporters behind your cause. 10. USING EVIDENCE TO GROW IMPACT Got your message out there but want to take things to the next level? Find out how to use evidence to drive a cycle of improvement – transparent performance, useful learning, better results, more support, and it goes on. Read More

Steps to Startup is a world-leading startup program that teaches you to plan, build, and launch a successful social enterprise. It is an interactive, video-based training program you complete online at your own pace. You learn with a global community of social entrepreneurs and coaches, and can ask questions and get feedback at any time. If you want to build your social enterprise as part of an incredibly supportive online community, Steps to Startup is for you.      Steps to Startup will give you the knowledge, tools, and confidence you need to launch your social venture. You will work through a startup method developed by international experts, enabling you to design, test, and adjust your idea quickly and with confidence. You will develop the skills and mindset you will need for the journey, with world-class courses designed specially for busy social entrepreneurs. You will get practical advice, tips, and examples that will enable you to crush the challenges you'll face along the way. You will learn how to:  1. DEFINE THE PROBLEM Every social enterprise starts out to solve a social or environmental problem. Find out how to validate the seriousness and extent of the problem that moves you, how to get to its root cause and effect on people, and how to identify the required response. 2. PLAN YOUR SOCIAL IMPACT So a need exists, but how will the world be different and better because of your efforts? Find out how to plan for social impact, how to communicate your ‘theory of change’ to others, and how to get focused on the results you must deliver and account for. 3. BUILD SUPPORT FOR YOUR CAUSE While you’re now committed to a world-changing mission, you don’t need to act the hero, or go it alone. Find out how to develop your personal network, build a strong core team, recruit influential allies, and mobilise an army of supporters behind your cause. 4. TEST YOUR IDEAS ON A SMALL SCALE You’re on your way, but why waste time, money and energy on ideas that will flop? Find out how generate an abundance of social enterprise ideas, select a winning concept, and continually test and adapt it based on customer feedback. 5. FIND YOUR CUSTOMERS Customers quickly become the lifeblood of your fledgling business. Find out how to find your ideal market and customers, define the things that separate you from the competition, and convince customers to buy from you. 6. DESIGN YOUR BUSINESS MODEL There are suddenly a lot of moving pieces to think about. Find out what the essential components of success are for a social enterprise, how they fit together, and how to consciously design a business that achieves both impact and profit.   7. SECURE THE FUNDING You reach a point where outside finance is necessary to fuel your ambitions. Find out how much money you will need to really get going, how to navigate the financing options available and risks associated, and how to secure the startup funding you require. 8. GET READY FOR TAKE-OFF You’re ready to fully launch your enterprise after successful testing. Find out how to keep it legal, stay on top of the money and inevitable red tape, execute an effective launch plan, and build an identifiable brand.       Read More

  This module will outline the difference between a Classic and an Agile approach to managing a project. Core benefits, objectives, as well as the Agile Manifesto will be explored. Key concepts and tools will be reviewed, along with rooted methodologies. Various aligning characteristics for social enterprise development projects will be identified. Support documents will be available for teams to use in their own development. *We recommend that you complete the module “Classic Project Management” before completing this module.   .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

  As a social entrepreneur, you operate in the space where impact and business meet. Understanding the financial aspects of your organization are essential to ensuring the long term sustainability of your business. Accounting is the way we keep score of an organization’s success. Today, we’ll do a quick referesher on some accounting fundamentals, and learn about the Balance Sheet- a report that provides us a snap shot at a point in time of what an organization owns and owes. This report is crucial in telling us whether an organization call afford to pay its bills! .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

  Brand strategy is a fundamental business concept that is often misunderstood yet it is critical to the success of an organization. Social enterprises are unique in that the alignment of mission and brand should be very strong. This course teaches key concepts in brand strategy and actively guides participants through the development of brand strategy with exercises designed to help you think about all the critical inputs. Participants will walk away with an understanding of brand strategy and a platform for their brand.   .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

  The purpose of this module is for you to leave with a simple plan for building your social enterprise team, including what skills and expertise you need on your team. Please note: If you are completing any courses with a Coach or a Social Enterprise Developer for the Incubator, please email any documents you complete directly to your Coach or Developer - the downloaded documents can not be saved in the online course or your SEI account. Also, Coaches and Developers do not see your answers to the pre- and post-tests; these are for your information only. .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

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