Claire Coulier leads the development of the Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA), a new professional body connecting and supporting social analysts worldwide. In this blog she announces the launch of SIAA’s inaugural conference. This post is an extract from a full blog, which was first published on Latest from Alliance, and which you can read by following the link at the bottom of the page.
Impact conferences are thick on the ground at the moment, a testimony to how topical an issue social impact has become for the voluntary sector. SOCAP11 in San Francisco prominently included discussions on social impact and social impact investing; the publishers of UK voluntary sector magazine Third Sector ran a 300-person conference on the issue earlier in the month in London, supported by New Philanthropy Capital; and the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s upcoming conference in Turin includes a number of sessions on social impact.
With all of these events taking place, the Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA)’s upcoming launch in December might seem a bit excessive. However, SIAA’s launch is being designed a bit differently.
SIAA’s launch is being developed as an ‘unconference’ – that is, a series of workshops in which attendees define and agree some of the most pressing problems we face in practising social impact analysis; identify ways that SIAA and others can help address these issues, for instance through working groups, bespoke research or partnership working between existing initiatives; and finally commit to working towards these solutions together.