Impact investments have largely been defined as achieving a social return alongside a financial return. However, the scale on which we measure financial and social returns is poorly defined because there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can effectively demonstrate success in this sector. Metrics that effectively measure impact in greenhouse gas emissions will be different than those used to measure the impacts of education programs for women and girls. Financial returns in one area of the social sector might look very different from those in another. Among the questions to be addressed:
- What are the appropriate metrics for defining social and financial benchmarks for returns?
- What are the best practices to follow across different social sectors?