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Social impact investments and corporate social responsibility outreach are often well intentioned, but their returns to the investor or targeted group may be variable, particularly in international contexts. Recent international examples where investments have been substantial, but gains unclear include the One Laptop per Child program in Peru or the United Nations Millennium Challenge Village Program. In the US, Mark Zuckerberg has donated to improving schools in Newark, NJ and Jeff Bezos has contributed to ending homelessness and improving preschool education. How might a donor, company, NGO, government or international organization prioritize promising social impact ideas and learn about what works and why to make effective social investments?
This course develops an understanding of quantitative methods to measure social impact motivated by the particular challenges inherent in quantifying impact in a socio-economic setting. We will use previous studies to better understand what works and why, but also how impact was measured across different types of social investments.
(Please bring your own lunch!)
KGH - 1110
Global Hub - 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208