The main purpose of the Impact Assessment and Social Performance Management (IASPM) programme is to build the capacity of social purpose organisations in Asia.

In the past years, we aimed to gain a better understanding on how social purpose organisations in Asia measure their social performance. By exploring and mapping the different tools, instruments and approaches that are used by foundations, social enterprises and investors, we now have good insight in where the gaps in knowledge currently are.  

ACSEP now leads the conversation on what it means to increase and assess one’s social impact, how to incorporate tools for social performance management, how to conduct rigorous impact evaluations and generally what the core attributes are of becoming a learning organisations.

Events

We are currently planning our upcoming events for Impact Assessment and Social Performance Management. Please come back to our page again for future updates or write in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included into our mailing list to receive updates on our upcoming events and research.

Below are some of ACSEP publications and events that have contributed to our knowledge of social performance management and impact assessment among social purpose organisations in Asia.

Public Perception Study on Social Enterprises in Singapore

By Swee-Sum Lam and Weina Zhang

Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No.3

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Assessing the Impact of Social Enterprises: An Exploration of the Methods and Criteria used by Impact Investors and Philanthropists in Asia

by Frank Roeland Hubers

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper 6

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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Proceedings

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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2016 Proceedings

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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2015 Proceedings

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A Pilot Study on Singapore's Social Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance

by Achsah Ang, Swee-Sum Lam and Weina Zhang

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 4

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Finding a Common Language for Social Enterprises in Singapore

by Swee-Sum Lam, Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 3

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Case Collection on Philippines (2012)

Edited by Swee-Sum Lam, Leland Dela Cruz, David Jeremiah Seah & Gabriel Henry Jacob

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 2

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Landscape of Social Enterprises in Singapore

by Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 1

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Jul 2018
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Crossing the Chasm Challenge 2017 Finals
Venue: Chua Thian Poh Hall, NUS University Town

The Crossing the Chasm Challenge finals was a culmination of a six month endeavour of students teaming up and working alongside social enterprises that tackle poverty to co-create a marketing strategy and pitch for Social Enterprises stuck in the Pioneer Gap, where they are too large for seed funding and too small for impact investing.

The associate workshops that we conducted for the students were:
  1. Panel Discussion on Corporate Shared Values by Mr Eugene Ho and Ms Roxanne Somboonsiri (17 Jan 2017)
  2. Empathy & Social Entrepreneurship Workshop by Prof Albert Teo (16 February 2017)
  3. Workshop on Basic Consulting Process by Dr Jacky Mussry (14 March 2017)
  4. Deck Deconstruction: Submission versus Show-and-Tell by Ms Claire Lim (11 May)
  5. CCC Mock Judging by Prof Albert Teo, Ms Claire Lim and Ms Laina Greene (11 August 2017)
Apr 2017
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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2017
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House

ISSE 2017 aimed to understand the next pressing issue faced by social enterprises – impact assessment. A clear, valid and comparable framework facilitates social investment flows and rightly allocates resources to where the expected social impact is the highest. The pertinent question is: How can impact assessment be done strategically?
Sep 2016
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Crossing the Chasm Challenge 2016 Finals
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House

The Crossing the Chasm Challenge 2016 aimed to fulfil a critical need for these enterprises, where students team up and work alongside partner social enterprises to co-create a marketing strategy and pitch. The challenge theme for 2016 was based on UN Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The following workshops that we conducted for students were:
  1. Marketing Workshop by Dr Jacky Mussry (5 May 2016)
  2. Semi-Finalists’ Preparation Workshop by Prof Tom Kosnik (25 August 2016)
Apr 2016
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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2016
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House

ISSE 2016 focused on the usefulness of training programmes and solutions for incubating social enterprises, with a plenary session on the "pioneer gap" challenge and its coping strategies. This gap refers to the problem faced by pioneering Small and Medium Social Enterprises - they are too big for incubation programs and too small for venture capital investments.
Mar 2015
22
International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2015
Venue: Hon Sui Sen Auditorium, NUS Business School

Social entrepreneurship is paving the way for new and novel solutions to address the myriad unmet social needs facing Asia and the world. This symposium brought together academics and practitioners to discuss the trends, success and impact of these initiatives to provide sustainable, long-term solutions for the social issues plaguing society.

For the period 2018 to 2020, ACSEP hopes to continue building on our multi-year research and sector capacity development agenda with closely related research and educational activities. We planned, among others:

  • Impact measurement for social enterprises in Singapore and in Asia
  • Case studies of existing social enterprises and social innovation projects in Singapore
  • The way forward: The role of social enterprises in a social sector built on multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Future trends in social entrepreneurship

Please come back to our page to check on updates of our future research and education efforts in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.

Collaboration Opportunities

We welcome collaboration opportunities and support for our research efforts to advance understanding and impactful practice of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. If you are interested in research collaborations or funding our research efforts, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..