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Heather Esper
William Davidson Institute

Heather Esper is Director of the Performance Measurement and Improvement team at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI). The Performance Measurement Initiative specializes in designing and implementing customized measurement solutions to assess the economic, social and environmental performance and outcomes of organizations and businesses operating in emerging economies. At WDI she works to create more value for these organizations by using this data to improve their effectiveness, scalability and sustainability.

Esper co-developed a versatile tool and methodology with a multidimensional view of poverty that is used by ventures to assess their poverty alleviation outcomes. She has worked with numerous businesses, social enterprises, nonprofits, government institutes and foundations across sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify, measure and analyze their impacts and develop strategies to better meet the needs of their stakeholders. She holds a Master’s of Public Health and Bachelor’s of Science in Global Health from the University of Michigan. She can be followed on Twitter at @heatheresper.

Articles by Heather Esper

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    iBoP Asia Conference

    In early March, I attended the iBoP Asia conference FRONTIERS: Charting the Future of S&T Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia. Individuals from all sectors met in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 3rd to share and discuss science and technology innovations for the BoP in Southeast Asia.

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    Developing a Rigorous Methodology to Assess Impact

    As more BoP ventures begin to think about measuring impact, many have questions around how to do so. This post explores some important issues to think through when developing a rigorous methodology to assess impact.

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    Anecdotes, Outputs and Outcomes

    Most experts seem to agree that it makes intuitive sense to measure outcomes. So why aren’t more organizations measuring outcomes? Based on observations and conversations we’ve had with numerous organizations, I’ve come up with three different reasons that highlight the underlying constraints.

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    WDI Workshop on Collecting Outcome Data at the Project Level

    At WDI’s BoP Initiative, we have developed a robust, straightforward and low-cost process to collect outcome data at the project level. Our upcoming workshop (Feb 17-19) will focus on teaching organizations how to think through key components in order to develop a sound methodology to collect outcome data using the BoP Impact Assessment Framework.

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