Dr Jess Daggers is a researcher and practitioner with a decade of experience supporting clients to define and measure impact. She has a keen interest in the growth of impact investing and the global obsession with impact measurement, and regularly writes and tweets on the topic. She is the Impact Measurement Lead at Flip Finance, a collective of consultants working to build better business models and finance for the social economy. Jess is currently a commissioner on the Adebowale Commission on Social Investment, and is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.
The more that impact measurement is relied on to shape investor decisions, the more worried we should be, says Dr Jess Daggers: the information gathered does not necessarily correspond with reality, and yet few take this risk into account.
Impact reports deserve more than the usual platitudes and a superficial glance – but without broad agreement on what makes good quality impact measurement, it’s impossible to learn from each other’s work. Time for a new starting point?