4 Golden Rules for Impact Creation in the Social Sector
As we evolve, so do our needs in the social contexts we’ve created through the evolution of the human condition.
We have been trying to solve complex, social issues for centuries. Some have gradually been eliminated as the cultural landscape changes, some have changed how they affect society into new challenges we must face.
Over the years we have had great efforts from some of the smartest and the most passionate people on this planet who come from different domain expertise to solve the most complex problems humanity has had to confront.
We don’t have all the answers yet, but our efforts have brought us closer to the right answers. Building on this knowledge gained from collective experience helps solve problems and gives people an equal opportunity to participate in society.
The following key areas are pivotal to creating real impact in the social sector:
1. Identify real problems on-ground and find actionable ways to solve them
In the sea of wicked problems, there are multiple interconnects that influence the system. It is essential to differentiate the symptoms and causes. More often than not, passionate problem-solvers focus on symptomatic problems that can be resolved temporarily only to come back again in a short period.
The real problems are the ones embedded in the system and require time and united efforts across the system.
2. Enable collaboration between the right stakeholders
The root problems we discover have been of interest to social change-makers for a long time. A lot of effort has been made to understand the context and effective ways to go about solving them.
Bringing the right stakeholders with the appropriate expertise and experience together can make a difference.
3. Build effective programs for an impact that can be scalable
Localized efforts over a long period are the most effective to help enable change in communities.
At the same time, modules from the effective programs can be identified to be replicated in similar contextual grounds to assess the scalability of programs.
4. Monitoring & evaluation is important to assess the effectiveness & sustainability of programs
The implementation of programs needs to be paired with effective measurement parameters to document the progress on the ground.
Assessment of programs can validate the impact creation over a period of time and provide knowledge on the success of the programs.