Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Metrics and Impact

About ANDE's Metrics Work
Demonstrating that investing in SGBs creates economic, environmental, and social benefits is at the core of ANDE’s mission.  ANDE supports its members to measure the impact of their work, and then communicates that impact for the sector as a whole.   ANDE’s metrics program includes several components, including:

Standards for Social and Environmental Performance:
ANDE has developed a strategic partnership with the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). IRIS provides a standard taxonomy of metrics that describe social and environmental performance of a company.  Through this common taxonomy, ANDE members can assess social and environmental performance individually, and also aggregate their data to provide data for benchmarking, and assessing overall impact.  Learn more about ANDE’s partnership with IRIS and check out version 2.0 of the IRIS standards.

Impact Assessment:
ANDE members have the opportunity to work with ANDE’s Impact Assessment Manager on their metrics and evaluations efforts.  This includes incorporating an impact framework into their work, adopting and utilizing the IRIS taxonomy within their collection and reporting processes, contributing data to the IRIS repository, and reporting their impact in an aggregated format. Please contact Genevieve Edens to learn more.

ANDE Core Metrics:
One of the ANDE governing principles is for all members to participate in reporting common social and financial indicators to help the sector build understanding of the work that is happening.  Only by reporting common indicators can we provide aggregated data to benchmark individual performance and measure the sector as a whole.  While these indicators only speak to part of the story of the work being done, they form a core baseline when looked at across the ANDE membership.  Over time, this baseline will tell the story of the positive financial, social, and environmental impact that is derived from supporting SGB growth. Click here to see the ANDE Core Metrics.

Metrics and Evaluation Conference:
ANDE hosts a metrics and evaluation conference annually in the late spring to discuss the challenges and best practices of collecting, reporting, and disseminating impact.  This annual conference convenes leading experts on metrics and evaluatio,n and produces dialogue that spurs action.


ANDE's 2013 Metrics Conference was held on June 12th and 13th, 2012 in Washington, DC. Resources from the 2013 conference are available for download here.

ANDE's 2012 Metrics Conference was held on June 12th and 13th, 2012 in Washington, DC. Resources from the 2012 conference are available for download here.

ANDE's 2011 Metrics Conference was held on June 20th and 21st, 2011  in Washington, DC. Resources from the 2011 conference are available for download here.

ANDE's 2010 Metrics Conference was held on June 7th and 8th, 2010  in Washington, DC. Resources from the 2010 conference are available for download here.

ANDE Impact Report:
ANDE publishes an annual impact report which produces sector level data on the impact small and growing businesses have in our world as well as the specific impact our members are having. View the 2012 Impact Report here.

Check out these additional metrics and evaluation resources to learn more about other initiatives that are benefitting our members:

     -- Impact Reporting & Investment Standards
     -- Global Impact and Investing Rating System (GIIRS) - GIIRS is a standardized rating system that generates an easily digestible single value for scoring an impact organization and/or impact investment fund.  ANDE proudly reports that 9 of the 12 emerging market pioneer funds are ANDE members.
     -- Pulse is a flexible metric recording and performance management tool that is built on the IRIS taxonomy