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IRIS-SDG Crosswalk

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This is a report on the first pass at "crosswalking" two prominent sets of indicators used by social entrepreneurs worldwide: IRIS, and the Sustainable Development Goals. This was conducted by the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship in spring of 2016, and presented at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs conference in June 2016.

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IRIS-SDG Crosswalk

  1. 1. SDG-IRIS Crosswalk! ANDE Metrics Conference June 2016, Washington, DC Joseph Schuchter, DrPH Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  2. 2. –  Background –  Methods –  Results –  Discussion Outline
  3. 3. •  Different but overlapping purposes and audiences –  social entrepreneurs are interested in transformative change –  what resonates? •  Help social entrepreneurs speak to investors •  Growing glut of metrics to sort through, increasing demand for an integrated framework Why crosswalk?
  4. 4. IRIS SDG Yes 13 58 No 16 5 No, but we plan to 22 10 Not sure, I'm not familiar with IRIS 29 7 •  Does your organization use…?
  5. 5. SDG IRIS Purpose End poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Measure the social, environmental and financial performance of an investment. Audience Governments, the private sector, civil society. Impact investors and social enterprises. Structure Top-level 17 goals 12 sectors Second-level 169 targets 559 metrics
  6. 6. Health (SDG 3?) Housing/ Community Development (SDG 11?) Land Conservation (SDG 15?) Water (SDG 6?) Other Agriculture (SDG 2?) Education (SDG 4?) Energy (SDG 7?) Environment Financial Services Financial Services: Microfinance Financial Services: Microinsurance
  7. 7. •  Single student knowledgeable of both systems •  Initially IRIS 3.0 then 4.0, using IRIS guide on changes •  Focused on “direct” connections •  Erred on the side of “no match” •  Step 1: 559 IRIS metrics matched to 17 SDGs •  Step 2: Added SDG targets. Eliminated some matches and created other new ones METHODS
  8. 8. RESULTS SDG: 126 Targets IRIS: 429 Metrics SDG: 128 Targets 41 Targets 130 Metrics
  9. 9. SDG # of targets # of targets aligned w/ IRIS # of related IRIS metrics 1. No Poverty 7 1 1 2. Zero Hunger 8 0 0 3. Good Health and Well-Being 13 4 5 4. Quality Education 10 7 19 5. Gender Equality 9 1 1 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 8 3 11 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 5 2 11 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 12 4 16 9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure 8 1 2
  10. 10. SDG # of targets # of targets aligned w/ IRIS # of related IRIS metrics 10. Reduce Inequalities 10 1 6 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 10 5 12 12. Responsible Consumption and Production 11 5 29 13. Climate Action 5 1 3 14. Life Below Water 10 1 1 15. Life on Land 12 4 11 16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions 12 0 0 17. Partnerships for the Goals 19 1 2
  11. 11. •  SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production –  “To encourage companies… to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle”
  12. 12. •  How to implement in your organization? •  How to improve? •  How to build-out for ecosystem? DISCUSSION
  13. 13. •  jschuchter@scu.edu

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