Become a Certified Professional Impact Analyst

One way to improve the effectiveness of international development programs is to equip professionals with the skills of impact analysis: assessment, finance, and evaluation. The Impact Bridges Group has a strong working relationship with the faculty members at Queen’s University in charge of the design and delivery of a training program that focuses on these skills.

The program, referred to as CPIA (Certified Professional Impact Analyst), offers three courses: Discover Impact, Finance Impact, Measure Impact. Individuals who complete all three courses and a qualifying exam, are eligible for the designation of Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA).

Three Courses. One Designation.

 
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The three CPIA courses are designed for all professionals involved in designing, financing, implementing, monitoring, or evaluating social interventions, public policies, or international development projects. Each course is one-week, and comprises lectures, in-class discussions, and applied case studies to ensure that participants can apply the concepts they learn to practical projects.

CPIA course dates for 2019 and 2020:

  • Discover Impact - May 13-17, 2019 (Registration Deadline, April 2, 2019) & May 11-15, 2020

  • Finance Impact - June 17-21, 2019 & June 15-19, 2020

  • Measure Impact - August 12-16, 2019 & August 10-14, 2020

For more information on CPIA or to register for the program, please visit www.cpia.queensu.ca

Click here to view the CPIA brochure.

 

Exciting New Opportunity:

Take the Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA) courses with financial support from Impact Bridges Group

Impact Bridges Group is committed to helping organizations maximize the impact of their social development projects and improve efficiency and distributive justice.

To that end, we’re proud to partner with the Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA) program at Queen’s University, in order to support select industry professionals in pursuing this exciting educational opportunity. Impact Bridges Group will cover 50% of the cost of tuition for one selected participant in each of the three CPIA courses.

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The CPIA program provides participants the opportunity to learn to rigorously identify, design, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate social interventions, public policies and international development projects.

The program consists of three courses:
Discover Impact. Learn how to identify, define, and value sources of impact.
Finance Impact. Learn about project finance and how to enter the world of results-based financing and impact investing.
Measure Impact. Learn how to rigorously collect evidence and analyze data.
Those who complete all three courses are eligible to write an exam and receive the designation of CPIA-I. More details about the program and course dates are available at https://cpia.queensu.ca.

Social and international development professionals intending to pursue a CPIA course or the complete certification are eligible to apply for the Impact Bridges Group seat and the 50% reduction in tuition. Applications will be evaluated based on relevant experience, the anticipated benefit of the course to your or your institution’s projects, policies, or programs, and demonstrated interest in enhancing the impact of your initiatives.

Application Questions

To apply, please submit a maximum two-page response to the following questions, along with a C.V. and a letter indicating organizational support (if applicable), to info@impactbridgesgroup.com with “CPIA Tuition Support” in the subject line.

Name:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Address:
Position and Organizational Affiliation:

Please list the CPIA course(s) you are planning to apply to and for which you are seeking Impact Bridge’s Group’s support.

  1. What is your experience with social or international development work? Please include other experience you feel is relevant to your application here.

  2. Why are you interested in the CPIA program? What do you hope to get out of the course? How do you see the skills gained in this course as contributing to your current or future initiatives? Please include evidence of your or your organization’s commitment to pursuing impact in your activities and/or evidence of your intention to move in this direction.

 
 

 

 
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April 30, 2019

George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility announces the launch of the Investing for Impact Lab (i4iLab). The i4iLab expands and accelerates impact investing in addressing the local, regional, and global needs of underserved communities.

Investing for Impact Lab (i4iLab)

A common challenge facing the impact investing space is connecting investors looking for projects to invest in and investment-ready projects. The i4iLab brings together the worlds of finance and development under one roof to help solve this problem.

We create expanded opportunities to mobilize private finance towards the Sustainable Development Goals (Financing the SDGs) by advancing innovative financing instruments and project structures.

Too many opportunities for financing the SDGs go unfunded due to an incomplete understanding of the full social and financial potential of impact investing.

i4iLab provides the space for learning, collaboration, creating new partnerships and projects that provide better value-for-money, higher social impact, lower risks, and greater accountability: 21st Century impact investing strategies to solve 21st Century problems.

We provide participants with a vision for the full spectrum of impact investing modalities and their prospects (Awareness); show how to align and integrate financial instruments, project structures, partnerships, performance management systems and value creation techniques to suit the unique attributes of each project (Toolkit); and provide “learn-by-doing” assistance in actual project design, to build, finance and operate (Make it).

We feature blended financing, adapted to each project’s risk profile, linked to performance metrics and measurement frameworks through transparent blockchains.

Founding Members of the i4iLab are the George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR), Impact Bridges Group, Incitāre, and Otherdots Foundation.

For more information and/or to learn how to participate, please contact John Forrer, Director, ICR by email (jforrer@gwu.edu), visit the GWU website or contact IBG at info@impactbridgesgroup.com.

i4iLab Founding Members:

+ George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility (Washington DC, USA)

The George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility conducts research, education, and engagement activities examining how businesses can have a positive impact on society while maintaining their competitiveness. Our goal is to help translate scholarship and practice into practical and actionable business strategies and programs. Impact investing is topic of growing interest and importance among scholars and practitioners, particularly focused on financing the SDGs. We have launched several initiatives exploring how to expand and accelerate scalable projects that will yield significant social impact and attract impact investments.

+ Incitāre (Geneva, Switzerland)

Incitāre is a "global trans-national collaborative" - an open and inclusive platform of individuals and institutions promoting strategic foresight and anticipatory leadership, brokering innovative partnerships (SDG purposed, technology enhanced, creatively financed) with accountability for transformational impact. We are driven by a sense of obligation to use our time, talent and treasure to make the world a better, safer and fairer place.

+ Impact Bridges Group (Toronto, Canada)

IBG is involved in reducing poverty through improved efficiency and distributive justice and partnering with others to maximize the net social benefits of community development programs. IBG is a not-for-profit professional services organization focused on impact investing. IBG builds bridges with leading actors in innovative financing, management consulting, and others to improve the benefits of local and international development programs for the poor and marginalized. It also builds bridges with governments, foundations, and implementing organizations that prioritize program efficiency, thereby maximizing the impact of existing and future programs.

+ Otherdots Foundation (London, UK)

A UK foundation that aims to handpick and empower the most ambitious and brightest entrepreneurs from rural areas and emerging countries from all corners of the globe, to merge mindsets and cultures, to think the unthinkable and build startups from ground zero, that will enable financial inclusion and improve human conditions in underserved global communities. A fascinating double-bottom line initiative, the first-ever social impact fund on the blockchain, to deliver a digital identity and voice to the unbanked through inclusive mobility as a conduit for SDG Service delivery, with venture-capital returns to investors and backers.

 

Eastern University

 

Impact Bridges Group is involved with the Eastern University MBA in Social Impact program. Impact Bridges Group has led the design team for the Impact Investing and Social Enterprise course, as well as on the Social Impact Metrics and Measurement course. See below for a full description of all the courses.

For more information on the Eastern University MBA in Social Impact program click on the button below.

MBA in Social Impact

Course Descriptions

 

+ ACCT 522: Managerial Accounting for Social Enterprises (3 credits)

This course integrates concepts from diverse topics that impact managerial accountants. Introductory lectures are concerned with cost terms and classifications, cost behavior and profit planning. Students will learn how to create, organize, analyze and interpret financial information for decision making.

+ BUSA 513: Data-informed Decision Making (3 credits)

This course equips students with fundamental skills needed to interpret business problems to make and communicate competent management decisions. Students will use quantitative data and qualitative information to explain observed outcomes; consider, evaluate, and defend recommended interventions; and examine the operational impact of their decisions. They will practice the effective use of proven communication strategies and current technologies to prompt action that increases organizational capacity and performance.

+ BUSA 521: Theology of Business (3 credits)

This course equips students to think theologically and holistically about their vocation in business and social enterprise. Using scripture, reason, tradition and experience, the course explores how theological concepts like stewardship, imago Dei, and shalom are informed by a Trinitarian theology. References to social scientific perspectives contribute to an ecumenical, theological reflection upon business in society as the basis for devising a moral vision for business.

+ BUSA 533: Marketing a Socially Responsible Brand (3 credits)

This course presents an entrepreneurial approach to increasing brand equity by way of its compelling vision of a better world. Students will learn how to create penetrating narratives that expand brand awareness through ongoing engagement with customers, employees, suppliers, investors, and other internal and external stakeholders. They will draw on strategic marketing principles, business communication practices and digital technologies to formulate a multi-channel marketing campaign for acquiring customers and engaging consumers on the basis of an authentic and transparent value proposition.

+ BUSA 550: Creating Innovative Organizations through Human-Centered Design (3 credits)

This course provides a roadmap and toolkit for designing organizations that advance human flourishing in and outside of enterprise. Students will be examine and construct processes that enhance organizational culture and facilitate smart, practical decision-making. Special emphasis is placed on talent development as a strategic lever for sustainable bottom line performance.

This course examines the financial and legal issues pertinent to establishing and operating a mission driven venture. Emphasis is given to the development of sound fiscal policy that adequately addresses the interests of shareholders, stakeholders, communities and society at large. The course includes a survey of laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of social enterprises with differing forms of legal ownership.

+ BUSA 622: Impact Investing and Social Enterprise (3 credits)

This course considers impact investing as a transformational vehicle for delivering social value. It explores investment opportunities along the investment spectrum by evaluating social impact bonds, equity, loans and grants options available to would-be investors seeking to invest in social transformation. The course will explore a range of financial innovation in social sector financing.

+ BUSA 636: Social Impact Metrics and Measurements (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to frameworks, metrics, and tools for measuring the impact of a company, organization, or project. Students will learn how to define social impact success in the short-term and long-term, decide what to measure, and assess and value impact. They will study a number of metrics currently used by influential impact organizations with the goal of understanding constituent elements and creating new metrics tailored to specific initiatives. The course will also consider broader questions related to the benefits and limitations of impact evaluation and measurement.

+ BUSA 683: Building Social Enterprise for Scale and Impact (3 credits)

This course equips students with the tools and understanding for mobilizing enterprise resources to advance a mission driven venture. Students will evaluate strategic plans that account for social impact goals and the organizational, economic, political, technological, and global factors they must confront. Emphasis is on fostering a culture of innovation across the enterprise, integrating business logic models and theories of change; capacity planning, prototype development, and the implementation of management protocols that drive bottom line performance and deliver on mission.

+ BUSA 684: Social Entrepreneurship Capstone (3 credits)

This capstone course---anchored in praxis---explores how to create impact through social entrepreneurship. Students will define a social problem, understand its contextual realities, and develop and implement a solution. Students demonstrate that they have understood the social problem, envisioned new future possibilities, built a model for change, and devised strategies for scaling the solution.

+ ECON 521: Economics of Social Transformation (3 credits)

This course covers foundational microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and their practical application for the purpose of social transformation in the context of globalization, interdependence, and rapid technological change. Students will learn how the public, private, and social sectors can interact and integrate to fluidly reconcile traditional economic goals of growth and business profit with increased equity and a more just economy for all. Real world examples of co-productive collaborations among corporations, NGOs, entrepreneurial catalysts, impact investors, and other stakeholders will demonstrate the potential to develop scalable ecosystems that address market failures and deliver shared value to all participants.

+ LEAD 642: Leadership Praxis (variable credit)*

This course engages students in structured opportunities that promote self-awareness, life-long learning, and the mastery of essential leadership competencies for mission driven professionals. Topics covered will include personal dispositions and temperament, consensus building, ethics and moral development, role perceptions, crisis and transition, autonomy vs. inclusion, and the changing nature of relationships over time. This is a variable credit course that may be taken more than once for up to 6 credits.

 
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RWANDA SELENIUM SUPPLEMENTATION CLINICAL TRIAL

This three-year randomized controlled trial, involved 300 HIV-positive patients, who had not begun antiretroviral therapy (ART). The results showed a 48 per cent decrease in the rate of CD4 decline. CD4 cells are a type of white blood cell that plays a crucial role in protecting the body from infection. The HIV virus attacks and destroys the CD4 cells of a person’s immune system. CD4 counts are a strong indicator of the progression of the disease. A low CD4 count is one of the ways to tell if a person living with HIV has progressed to stage 3 infection (AIDS). Funded by Global Benefit Canada, now IBG, the study was conducted by medical professionals in Rwanda, and supported by Canadians Dr. Don Warren, ND. Dr. Ed Mills and Dr. Dugald Seely. 

Selenium is an essential trace mineral known for its antioxidant properties and for its role in preserving immune competency. The main source of selenium in the body comes from food; the amount of selenium in food depends on where the food is grown or raised. The level of selenium in soils varies significantly around the world. Dr. Harold Foster, a medical geographer, theorized that the reason AIDS was so prevalent in East and South Africa was because of the low levels of selenium in the soil. The study shows that selenium supplementation may be a positive way to slow the progression of the disease in HIV positive persons.

Use of Diagnostic Technology to Improve Impact

 
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Sci-Bots

Sci-Bots Inc. is developing the next generation of tools to automate and miniaturize biology and chemistry. Their portable and easy-to-use DropBot platform uses a technology called digital microfluidics to transform lab experiments into digital objects that can be optimized, shared to the cloud, and replicated anywhere in the world with perfect fidelity.

DropBot is an open-source Digital Microfluidic (DMF) automation system developed in the University of Toronto’s Wheeler Lab. It can be used to manipulate discrete droplets on the surface of an array of electrodes coated with a hydrophobic insulator. DMF has many applications in the fields of biology and chemistry, including diagnostics, cell-based assays, and chemical synthesis. The DropBot features a modular and extensible design, an intuitive user interface, and is capable of driving up to 120 independent channels. It also provides dynamic impedance sensing which enables closed-loop control and real-time measurement of:

  • drop position
  • instantaneous drop velocity
  • electrostatic driving force

DropBot is built around an Arduino-based instrument and is controlled by a custom software interface called Microdrop. Users can activate/deactivate electrodes on the DMF device by clicking their mouse on the webcam video overlay, providing an intuitive interface with real-time visual feedback. Sequences of actuation steps can be pre-programmed and run automatically, enabling fully automated operation. The system is designed as a loosely-coupled set of modules, which means that it is relatively easy to extend the hardware and/or software capabilities.

DropBot was featured in a recent article (Ng. et al., "A Digital Microfluidic System for Serological Immunoassays in Remote Settings" Sci. Trans. Med. 2018, 10) describing our 2016 field-study in a Kenyan refugee camp where we tested droplet-sized blood samples for measles and rubella antibodies. The story got picked up by severalnews outlets and even made national TV. This story is of particular interest, because the instrument developed for this project formed the basis for the new DropBot and ultimately led to the founding of Sci-Bots!

 

 

Fio Corporation

Embed data capture into routine workflow

Fionet connects mobile companion devices that guide diagnosis, treatment and record-keeping with web-based tools for remote oversight and reporting.

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Deki Reader

IMPROVE FIELD PERFORMANCE AND OVERSIGHT OF RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

The Deki Reader provides step-by-step guidance for performing rapid diagnostic tests and delivers an objective analysis of results. Meanwhile, Fionet provides test-by-test traceability.

The Deki Reader is a rugged, in vitro diagnostic device for use with commercially available lateral flow immunoassays (commonly known as rapid diagnostic tests) and Fionet mobile software.

The Deki Reader provides:

  • Step-by-step guidance for performing rapid diagnostic tests
  • Quality checks for rejecting misprocessed tests
  • An objective analysis of test results
  • Test-by-test traceability via records uploaded to Fionet
  • Feedback from remote managers using Fionet two-way messaging
  • Configurable workflows for standardizing care delivery and data capture