Who We Are

InSight is the thought leadership practice at Pacific Community Ventures – providing impact evaluation and policy research to some of the most prominent investment and philanthropic institutions in the United States. InSight’s analysis is focused in these primary areas:

Policy Research

Impact Investing: advancing 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.

Small Business Needs and Development: supporting the creation of quality jobs with research into the policies, financing, and support services needed to build a vibrant, sustainable small business sector, particularly in underserved communities.

Impact Evaluation

Contributing vital tools and ideas to the development of double- and triple-bottom line investment as one of the preeminent independent evaluators of non-financial performance. In 2011, InSight measured the social impact of over $19 billion in California investments by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and $1.3 billion of private equity investments by 40 individual money managers.

Background and History

InSight’s thought leadership practice was born out of Pacific Community Venture’s commitment to measuring and understanding its own impact. Since its first investments in 1999 Pacific Community Ventures has devoted significant resources to measuring and understanding the social impacts resulting from its investments in companies and business advisory services in underserved communities.  

In 2005 InSight at Pacific Community Ventures was created to share PCV’s expertise and knowledge in impact evaluation with large institutions and investors interested in understanding the non-financial performance of investments. InSight currently evaluates the impact of over $19 billion of investments by major institutions.

InSight formally expanded its service offerings in 2010 to include research and analysis after providing discrete advice for some time to clients including the UNPRI, Annie E Casey Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Global Impact Investing Ratings System. InSight’s research practice has grown to encompass a diversity of issues including impact investing, community finance, and small business needs and development. InSight’s research practice has received national and international attention, not least from the White House and other governments at the highest levels.

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