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Measuring Innovation - Mark R Kramer (Skoll and FSG Report 2005)

Measuring Innovation - Mark R Kramer (Skoll and FSG Report 2005)

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Social Entrepreneurship has brought a new vision to the field of philanthropy and, with it, a different perspective on evaluation. In fact, many familiar approaches to evaluation in philanthropy miss the key criteria that funders consider essential to success within the field of Social Entrepreneurship.
Social Entrepreneurship has brought a new vision to the field of philanthropy and, with it, a different perspective on evaluation. In fact, many familiar approaches to evaluation in philanthropy miss the key criteria that funders consider essential to success within the field of Social Entrepreneurship.

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Measuring Innovation:
Evaluation in the Field of Social Entrepreneurship
Mark R. Kramer
April 2005
 
About the Skoll Foundation
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the Skoll Foundation was created in 1999 by Jeff Skoll, the firstemployee and first president of eBay. Its mission is to advance systemic change by investing in, connecting andcelebrating social entrepreneurs, who are individuals dedicated to creating new solutions that result in lastingimprovements to communities around the world.The Skoll Foundation invests in social entrepreneurs through three award programs. The foundation connectssocial entrepreneurs through its online community, Social Edge, at www.socialedge.org, and via the annualSkoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at OxfordUniversity. It celebrates social entrepreneurs through projects such as a four-part public television documentarycalled “The New Heroes” that will be broadcast in 2005.For more information, visit www.skollfoundation.org.
About Foundation Strategy Group
Foundation Strategy Group, LLC is a mission-driven social enterprise dedicated to advancing the practice of philanthropy and corporate social investment through consulting to private foundations, communityfoundations, and corporations.With offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Geneva, our international team of full-time consultants—drawnfrom some of the world’s top strategy consulting firms—combine the highest standards of strategy consultingwith a deep understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. We invest heavily in research to learn andto develop new ideas, and our thinking is regularly featured in such publications as
Harvard Business Review
,
Stanford Social Innovation Review
,
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
, and
Foundation News and Commentary
.Throughout each engagement, we work closely with our client’s staff, leadership, and board to ensure broadconsensus around creative and pragmatic recommendations. Our goal is to help our clients do good, better.For more information, please visit www.foundationstrategy.com.
 
Measuring Innovation:
Evaluation in the Field of Social Entrepreneurship
Mark R. Kramer
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The Skoll Foundation
by
Foundation Strategy GroupApril, 2005

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