Social enterprises are businesses born out of the mission of creating social impact, a change that results to improved lives for the poor and marginalized. As these businesses work for the good of communities, so they strive to perform better using time to time evaluation of their projects and interventions.
To help these organizations, Jay Lacsamana, executive director of FSSI and Rohan Martyres, head of Impact & Investment Strategy of CAN, a charity and social enterprise in UK, co-delivered a training which introduced the participants to the Theory of Change (TOC) as a tool for evaluating social impact.
TOC is a comprehensive description or story of how a change occurs, what the change is and how the change is created. It is focused on mapping out what a program does (its activities or interventions) and identifying assumptions that leads to the success or failure of an intervention. TOC takes into account the complex relationships between activities, outputs and outcomes and the different factors affecting the succeeding steps leading to the desired outcome.
The participating organizations are Philippine Center for Appropriate Rural Technologies, Tahanang Walang Hagdan, Inc., Payoga/Kapatagan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Malaya Development Cooperative, Livegreen International, Inc., Community Crafts Association of the Philippines, Inc., Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Foundation for These-Abled, Inc., Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Vizcaya Fresh! Inc., Alalay sa Kauswagan, Inc., Lingap Pangkabataan, Inc., Freedom from Debt Coalition – Iloilo, Federation of People’s Sustainable Development Cooperative, Asian Solidarity Economy Council, Philippine Social Enterprise Network and Philippine NGO Support Program, Inc.
This training is part of the second phase of the Business and Investment Readiness Programme, a capacity-building project among FSSI, British Council and CAN.