Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy.
d.light is one of the "small and growing businesses" (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally without access to reliable electricity. Grounded by a theory of change, we employ a three-pronged impact measurement strategy – modeling, monitoring, and evaluation – to triangulate conclusions and extract the most authentic insights into how solar energy affects households previously reliant on poor quality, expensive and unhealthy alternatives.
We have made major strides in implementing the "Evaluate" half of the Metrics 3.0 framework, and have a number of impact evaluations underway and in the pipeline. We agree that there is a deep need for more ecosystem-level evaluation, as large-scale evaluations tend to be expensive and resource intensive.