We would like to call your attention to our sub-theme on Social Impact Evaluation at next year's EGOS Colloquium, July 4–6, 2019 in Edinburgh.
Sub-theme 71: Social Impact Evaluation: The Technical and Sociopolitical Challenges of Accountability
Alnoor Ebrahim - Tufts University, USA
Karen Maas - Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Jonatan Pinkse - University of Manchester, United Kingdom
With the help of:
Greg Molecke – University of Exeter, United Kingdom
The full version of our call is here:
But, to give you the brief highlights:
Our sub-theme starts from the premises that:
Next, we identify why social impact assessments are useful and important, including:
We then observe that some of the core challenges related to social impact evaluation:
This brings us to the central challenge and discussion for our sub-theme: measuring social impact is not merely a technical endeavour but also a socio-political one. What matters to one actor or stakeholder may differ substantially from what matters to another, leading to the challenge of diverse and sometimes conflicting demands for accountability (Ebrahim, 2003).
The goal of our sub-theme, then, is to facilitate a conversation on questions such as:
Given the emerging and multi-disciplinary nature of this topic we are open to a range of different methodologies (e.g. qualitative or quantitative analysis, experimental studies, mixed-method approaches, ethnographic and historical methods) and disciplinary backgrounds including (social) entrepreneurship, economics, philanthropy, development studies, (critical) accountancy, anthropology, political science, organizational studies and sociology.
Deadline for submission of short papers (3,000 words or less): Monday, January 14, 2019
We hope to receive you best work on this important topic!
Alnoor, Karen, Jonatan and Greg