Our Theory of Change
It began by witnessing the unprecedented blossoming of crowdsourcing and the use of social media to engage consumers, donors, and constituents in furthering social change, enabled by online platforms that put information and tools in the hands of the everyday person to decide how he or she wanted engage. The private sector already had myriad online consumer tools worth envying, from review websites to discussion boards to pay-for-your-answer platforms that provide information about what consumers should expect from businesses and vendors — leading to increased pressure on businesses for greater accountability and growing transparency on cost and quality.
But when it came to social sector consultants, nonprofit leaders had very few, if any, online tools to find out who’s doing good or great work on building the capacity of nonprofit leaders and their organizations. There simply wasn’t a centralized resource hub to provide consumers transparent and explicit information on what they should be able to expect from consultants or to equip them with guidance and resources on best fit and planning so they could grow their chance at success.
So we decided to come up with a solution. We started with a survey framework. A draft survey was informed by quick interviews with a small group of nonprofit consultants, and we solicited feedback from nonprofits before distribution. We blogged about these results, and had focus-group conversations with non-profit leaders.
ImpactRising.org was launched to help make the sector stronger. ImpactRising.org seeks to raise the bar on the quality of consulting by providing tools and information for both nonprofit consumers and nonprofit consultants and by driving increased transparency and accountability in social sector consulting.
ImpactRising’s Theory of Change