Measuring social impact regardless of good intentions

StriveTogether to present at South by Southwest social good platform


Throughout the country, there are countless efforts to “make change,” “do good,” and “help people.” Now, one session at the South by Southwest will explore how three organizations are leveraging measurement strategies to ensure their good intentions are truly leading so social impact.

Geoff Zimmerman, who helps KnowledgeWorks’ subsidiaries StriveTogether, EDWorks and StrivePartnership with data analysis and use, will speak during the session, “To Hell with Good Intentions Part I: Measuring Social Impact.” More specifically, he will share insight on effectively collecting, measuring and using data in a local context to drive change for students.

Focusing on StriveTogether’s work at the community level, Zimmerman will share his insight into measuring meaningful impact to improve student educational outcomes. He will also explain reasoning behind investing in educational outcomes and programs based on results, rather than simply on good intentions.

“Through StriveTogether’s collective impact model, we help communities use data to identify and scale programs that truly impact kids,” Zimmerman said. “South by Southwest is the perfect venue to explore social impact, and I look forward to discussing with my fellow panelists.”

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that is held annually in Austin, Texas. SXSW organizes SXgood as an official social good platform.

Zimmerman will join two other panelists for the session, including: Adam Thomson, the Vice President of Impact at Krochet Kids International, an organization working to empower vulnerable women in Peru and Uganda with fair-wage jobs, capacity building training and one-on-one mentorship; and Neal Myrick, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Tableau Software, which was established to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. The panel will be moderated by Sachin Malhan, Executive Partner at Ashoka Changemakers.

“We are grateful to Ashoka for offering us the opportunity to join them in this important discussion,” said StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson, who is an Ashoka Fellow.

“To Hell with Good Intentions Part I: Measuring Social Impact” will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 at Trinity Hall in Austin, Texas.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.