2504, 2018

Machines for Good – The human face of artificial intelligence

April 25th, 2018|Categories: AI & Machine Learning, Businesses, Care & Well-being, Charities, Data Analytics, Education & Employment, Energy & Environment, Foundations, Health, Justice & Rights, Public sector, Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises, Social Innovation, Strategy|

by Nicolas Ponset

There has been much commentary and debate about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to have a detrimental impact on society from being a threat to our data privacy to destroying employment. Whether these concerns prove legitimate or not, AI and more specifically machine learning will be a force for good for the social sector. To help organisations better understand what AI could mean for them, we are launching a series of articles illustrated by recent social deployments, along with practical methodologies and tools. We hope that these articles will help you to begin your own AI journey […]

2711, 2017

Shifting from CSR to the UN SDGs: Where We’re Headed

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Businesses, Data Analytics, Social & Environmental Impact, Social Innovation|Tags: , , , |

by Tanner Taddeo

The changing tide of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting

Every company, charity to fortune 500, creates ‘impact’ (vis-à-vis material effects) on society and environment. New models are needed to objectively define, benchmark, and report on these impacts.

CSR has been used in the vernacular since the 1960’s. Under its auspices we have seen a paradigm shift in the way businesses think and talk about their impact on society and the environment. It has nobly served its purpose, but we would argue its models are becoming increasingly outdated.

Historically, CSR has often sat on the periphery of companies’ decision-making horizons. While business […]

2111, 2016

Taking control of your analytics journey

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Businesses, Charities, Data Analytics, Foundations, Public sector, Social & Environmental Impact, Social Innovation, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |

by Nicolas Ponset, Chief Executive at Aleron

The quantity of data being generated each year is increasing exponentially. The opportunity to use data to transform how organisations operate, manage talent, and create value is growing at a similar rate. But, data on its own doesn’t provide executives and other decision makers with valuable insights. In fact, when a coherent approach to data collection and analysis is lacking, working with data can fast become burdensome, expensive and distracting.

For data to deliver any meaningful value for an organisation, the information must be directly relevant to their strategic objectives. Furthermore, there must be a […]

1611, 2016

The Rise of Network Impact Measurement

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Businesses, Charities, Social & Environmental Impact, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |

by Angela Wu and Jill Carman, Consultants at Aleron

It is common for organisations to overlook their wider impact beyond their beneficiaries and on other organisations and the extended community. Capturing wider impact and knock-on effects is important and can help you understand the real value of your work.

Many charities are starting to see the benefits of measuring their impact within a bigger network. Most social sector organisations operate in a complex network of influence, and ‘making an impact’ on a beneficiary often cannot be attributed to any single organisation. With this in mind, we encourage charities to think big when measuring […]