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SOCAP16’s Reflections part 2

Laboratório de Investimento Social

The more mature a market is, the better performance it will have. This is because both kinds of return depend on a variety of factors that must be adequately developed, requiring time and evidence. Let me tell you about the…

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SOCAP16’s Reflections part 1

Laboratório de Investimento Social

The narrative of impact measurement needs to be changed from complex and costly to simple and absolutely strategic and central to all interventions. Back from San Francisco, and after having had the time to process all the information from the…

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On our way to SOCAP16

Laboratório de Investimento Social

At the end of the day, it is all about connections. It is no news how networking can have a powerful impact in value creation. People meet, experiences and learning are shared and opportunities arise. Well aware of this, and in…

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Building a SIB market: learnings from the Portuguese experience

Laboratório de Investimento Social

In the past three years, Portugal watched its very own social investment market go from birth to taking its first steps. Portuguese policy makers and market champions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation have embraced social innovation as a priority area, actions…

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Assumptions: one of the challenges of a SIB feasibility study

Laboratório de Investimento Social

“(…) Whether the assumptions are about the cohort size or the daily cost per offender, they have to be set carefully in order to represent the most probable case. As said before, this process is just as challenging as setting…

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How much time is enough… but not too much?

Laboratório de Investimento Social

“(…) the definition of outcome metrics are extremely important for a contract such as a Social Impact Bond. For the service provider, the outcome metrics are the motivation to be socially efficient (…), for the commissioner, they guarantee a social…

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The age of ageing

Laboratório de Investimento Social

At no previous point in history has there ever been an age structure in which the older age groups are larger than the younger ones. The demographic shift is unprecedented and will challenge policy makers, civil society and individuals. Yet…

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Loneliness, the silent killer

Laboratório de Investimento Social

“Loneliness is not just an unpleasant emotion. Loneliness and social isolation can have grave consequences on mental and physical health. Knowing that, there is much more that can be done.” Moving from ambiguous to clear Loneliness can be defined as…

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The Phenomenon of Homelessness

Laboratório de Investimento Social

“Estimates of the world´s homeless population in addition to those living in poor housing conditions reach figures of 1 Billion, including 3 Million in Western Europe.”                             …

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An open letter to celebrate our 2nd anniversary

Laboratório de Investimento Social

“The celebration of this anniversary is complemented by a second motif of joy: today we launch the Portuguese Social Investment Taskforce’s website, available at grupodetrabalho.investimentosocial.pt“ Two years does not feel like a long time. Today we invite you to reflect about…

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