Policy and Best Practices
InSight is an internationally recognized research practice in impact investing and economic development more broadly, particularly related to small business. Our work drives capital to underserved communities at scale, supporting the creation of quality jobs and related social and economic impacts. We advance the global practice of investing for intentional social and environmental benefit by investigating and disseminating best industry practices and supporting the development of enabling policy and market infrastructure.
Global Impact Investing Policy Project
The Global Impact Investing Policy Project is a collaboration between InSight and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, exploring the role of public policy in impact investing. The project supports stakeholders from the government, research, investment and related communities in designing policies that lead to more robust and effective impact investing markets.
More on this project:
- Read our most recent report, Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation, on the role that governments play to catalyze social enterprise and impact investing.
- Review proceedings from the October 1st, 2012 convening at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco - Capital Markets for Impact at Scale, an event that gathered leaders in impact investing.
- Download our 2012 report, Impact at Scale: Policy Innovation for Institutional Investment with Social and Environmental Benefit (Download Executive Summary, Download Full Report)
- Watch the Impact at Scale launch event presentation at the Aspen Institute in D.C.
- Read the press release announcing our $1 million dollar grant for 2012-2014
- Peruse the case studies from our initial report, Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis (Download Executive Summary, Download Full Report)
Small Business Needs
Small businesses are the engines of job creation in our economy, including in underserved communities. The critical policy, funding, and other needs of small businesses are a central focus of InSight’s research activities, leveraging PCV’s on-the-ground experience providing financial and advisory resources to social enterprises and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area.
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The Impact Investor: Best Practices in Impact Investing
The Impact Investor is a project to build data-driven and practitioner-guided knowledge for the rapidly growing field of impact investing. It is a partnership between InSight, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University, and ImpactAssets. It is supported by the Omidyar Network, the Annie E.Casey Foundation, the RS Group (Hong Kong), the F.B. Heron Foundation, and Deutsche Bank.
More on this project:
- Read the second report in the project, A Market Emerges: The Six Dynamics of Impact Investing which seeks to identify and define the evolving tensions within impact investing classifying these as Six Dynamics.
- Read the initial report launched at the Skoll World Forum, The Need for Evidence and Engagement which describes the team’s strategy of consolidating data and insights from dozens of successful impact investing funds and publishing a set of detailed case studies and evidence-based best practices
- Watch the introductory remarks and project overview from the report launch at the Skoll World Forum
- Stay tuned for more on the Impact Investor project at Socap12
The Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC)
The Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) strives to grow impact investing markets by building a global network for policy research and innovation. The IIPC helps investors, public officials, advocates, researchers and related communities better identify and support policies that lead to more robust and effective capital markets with intentional social and environmental benefits.
The IIPC achieves these goals through the following activities:
InSight convenes the IIPC in partnership with the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.
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Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how we move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit. We refer to this as social innovation.
The first section of this report attempts to answer that question, articulating a framework for credible, realistic policy action that governments can take to turn social entrepreneurship into a major force for innovation. The second section of the Policy Guide profiles leading social enterprises in the Schwab Foundation network working in specific domains: education, health, employment, urban development and rural development.
September 25, 2012