IDinsight

Data. Decisions. Development.

San Francisco, CA   |  www.idinsight.org

Mission

Our mission is to partner with clients to generate and use rigorous evidence to improve social impact. Depending on client needs, we help diagnose social sector challenges, design and test potential solutions, and operationalize those solutions found to be most impactful. We believe that client-centered, rigorous, and responsive evaluation is essential to help managers maximize program impact. Our vision is to improve millions of lives by transforming how the social sector innovates, learns, and improves.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Dr. Ruth Levine

Main address

IDinsight P.O. Box 689

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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EIN

27-4933181

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The global development space faces a dearth of rigorous data and evidence on the most cost-effective, high-impact, and inclusive policies and programs for poverty alleviation. IDinsight fills this gap by arming leaders from governments, foundations, NGOs, multi-laterals, and social enterprises with the best data tools to deliver responsive and effective programming that improves millions of lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Decision-Focused Evaluations

A decision-focused evaluation (DFE) is an experimental (or quasi-experimental) evaluation to estimate the causal impact of a policy, program, or intervention on one or more outcomes of interest. IDinsight designs and implements DFEs to inform client decisions such as which version of an intervention to continue, whether to scale up a particular program, and whether to continue funding a particular implementer or program. Impact can be defined relative to the status quo, or to an alternate intervention being considered.

Population(s) Served

Process evaluations systematically, empirically describe what happens during and after program implementation, then carefully compare this description to ex ante expectations in the implementation plan and theory of change. Process evaluations can serve an audit or accountability function by examining whether planned program operations and achievements have taken place. They also serve a learning function by updating the theory of change and informing a client about where in a theory of change decisions and actions are warranted and may provide insight about what these decisions should be.

Population(s) Served

Building or improving upon a monitoring system to enable a client to collect actionable data on program indicators at regular intervals to facilitate performance management, promote learning opportunities throughout an organization (or across multiple organizations, as when working with a funder), and inform real-time program improvements.

Population(s) Served

At its most basic level, machine learning involves creating algorithms that can be trained using existing data to make predictions or classifications on unseen data. In this definition, algorithms refer to a variety of predictive functions, including regression (including regularized regression), decision tree models, clustering techniques, and neural networks. The data used in these projects may differ from other IDinsight projects, going beyond survey and administrative data, to include “Big Data” sources such as images, satellite imagery, text data, and mobile phone records.

Population(s) Served

Data analytics encompasses a broad range of activities that IDinsight go beyond the data analysis typically conducted as part of an evaluation. These include, but are not limited to:

Modeling: Building models to allow clients to compare different scenarios; for example, to explore the relationship between key assumptions, inputs and programmatic costs, and/or outcomes. In some cases, a dynamic model (e.g. Excel workbook) is provided as a deliverable so that the client can update the model with their own data or assumptions.

Analysis: Using existing data (which may or may not be collected by IDinsight) to explore operational and contextual questions about a program and/or quickly test initial hypotheses about a program’s impact.

Visualization: Using visual techniques to represent, analyze, and allow clients to interact with data, with the ultimate goal of informing decisions. This can include designing dashboards or mapping.

Population(s) Served

This service includes several activities that IDinsight might conduct to support the use of evidence in programmatic decisions.

Diagnosis: Critical assessment of the status quo that yields hypotheses about main causes of poor outcomes. This will always include theory of change development and can also include gathering qualitative or quantitative data on program implementation, key stakeholder interests, the needs of potential beneficiaries, and evidence review.

Program design: Helping clients to develop and refine service(s) to address a problem of interest among a target population. This will follow a diagnosis, and will recommend actions the client should take to address causes of poor outcomes. It might involve further stakeholder interviews, observations, data analysis, evidence review, ideation, critical thinking and then rapid prototyping of ideas. It is often followed by an impact evaluation or a process evaluation.

Population(s) Served

Using desk research techniques to compile, analyze, and critically examine secondary sources (including external experts) to further our understanding of a particular topic or sector, in order to inform the next course of action. This rises to the level of a distinct service when the output of a review is provided as a deliverable.

Population(s) Served

Surveys and lab-in-the-field experiments designed to understand core beliefs and preferences of potential intervention beneficiaries. The primary use case is understanding potential beneficiaries' valuation of a good or service by measuring willingness to pay or something similar.

Population(s) Served

Improving clients’ ability to demand, consume and generate evidence. This can include a range of activities, from light-touch support to help clients interpret evaluation results all the way to intensive training and hiring efforts to transition a monitoring system or evaluation strategy to a client at the end of a learning partnership.

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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

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Increasing

Number of reports written/published

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Number of staff members certified in subject area training

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

IDinsight is an international development organization that helps policymakers and managers make socially impactful decisions using rigorous evidence.

We carefully tailor a wide range of analytical and quantitative tools to enable our clients to design better policies, rigorously test those ideas, and take informed action at scale to improve lives. Our services include experimental evaluation methodologies – including, but not limited to, randomized controlled trials – tailored to the priorities of international development decision-makers; monitoring and performance management systems to facilitate continuous data-driven improvement; policy design consulting and scale-up support.

Our advisory teams are closely integrated into client organizations, and we strive to provide comprehensive support for clients who want to maximize their social impact through evidence-based policymaking.

IDinsight's vision is to improve millions of lives by transforming how the social sector innovates, learns and improves. In order to more fully support our clients in maximizing their social impact, we offer a range of additional services. Depending on client needs, we:

1. Diagnose social challenges in context: Understanding how to address social problems is rarely straightforward. We help managers establish the conceptual foundation to maximize impact by mapping potential theories of change, reviewing existing knowledge, interviewing stakeholders and experts, collecting data from the field, and identifying key programmatic gaps.

2. Design potential solutions: Effective interventions are rarely one-size-fits-all, so solutions cannot simply be imported from other countries. We help managers design context-appropriate interventions based on a thorough diagnosis of the challenges, and pressure-testing of potential interventions. We then work with our clients to rigorously evaluate these potential solutions to decide which should be scaled up (see below).

3. Rigorously evaluate potential solutions: In complex environments, it is often impossible to say whether a given intervention will be impactful. That is why we help our clients rigorously evaluate potential solutions to help them decide which one (if any) they should scale up. Our impact evaluations are designed to provide rigorous, actionable evidence in time to inform our clients' decisions.

4. Provide monitoring and evaluation advisory services: A rigorous impact evaluation is not always the optimal learning tool for a particular stage of a program or organization. We help organizations determine what types of monitoring and evaluation activities will best serve their organizational learning needs and help them integrate these into their operations.

5. Operationalize scale-up of high-impact interventions: Social change requires more than reports. We work hand-in-hand with clients to implement at-scale the interventions found to be high-impact by our rigorous evaluations.

As a client-service organization, we make the most rigorous impact measurement tools practical for managers while maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards.

IDinsight's team is driven by common values and capabilities which guide our actions. These are a statement of commitment to our teammates, clients, and partners.

Impact

IDinsight was founded because many reports and activities in international development fail to improve real lives.

We measure our success by the extent to which our work increases the social impact of our clients. We scrutinize and validate the assumptions behind our answer to the best of our abilities.

We continually refine our work and strategy to maximize social impact.

Service

We each put the interests of the poor, our partners, and our teammates before our own, and in every interaction seek to give more than we take.

We understand that it is a privilege – not a sacrifice – to serve a cause bigger than ourselves. We work hard to make the most of this privilege.

Humility

We often operate in someone else's home, community, office or country. We recognize the limits of our personal knowledge, especially compared to local experience, and believe that having multiple perspectives is highly valuable.

We seek to raise the profile of the organizations with whom we work above and beyond our own.

Professionalism

We bring to bear the skill and effort needed to produce work of the absolute highest quality. We work hard and efficiently. Our work is judged by our outputs, not our effort.

We are conscientious and respectful in what we say and do.

We represent IDinsight values, both on and off the job.

Honesty

We are honest with our clients and with each other.

We always share our objective findings and honest opinions with the client – even if they are unpopular. We readily share when IDinsight is not the appropriate service-provider for a given context.

We are honest with each other and are a flat organization: the best idea and evidence wins.

If we disagree with a teammate, we have an obligation to state our views.

Ownership

We act as owners of IDinsight. We don't complain. If something is broken or flawed in our organization, we proactively fix it.

We each are responsible for helping IDinsight continually innovate, learn, and improve.

Community of leaders

We are committed to enabling our colleagues to reach their full long-term professional potential. We insist that each employee constantly gain in skills and knowledge by purposefully creating opportunities and raising the bar.

We understand that we sometimes live and work in difficult circumstances. We look out for each other professionally and personally.

Systems perspective

Questioning the status quo is in our organization's DNA. We push the frontier to make the world a better place.

We understand that effective change is founded on a holistic understanding of why the status quo persists and working with others to create greater, sustained impact.

We are intellectually curious about the wider world.

Since our founding, IDinsight has pioneered the tools needed to bring the best analytical tools and data to on-the-ground decisionmakers in over two dozen countries in Africa and Asia. We have advised some of the world’s most innovative social enterprises and numerous national governments on their high priority social welfare programs. We are very proud of our team of passionate and skilled professionals who represent backgrounds in policy, statistics, economics, data science, epidemiology and policy.

We continue to strive to innovate on the best, most nimble and practical data tools to bear on the world’s most challenging poverty-related issues. At the same time, we continue to invest in our global team, to bring the best combination of skills and local context to support our partners’ missions. As we continue to demonstrate that data can inform decisions in practical, operationally feasible ways, we hope that we will also contribute to progress in integrating evidence into policy and practice.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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IDinsight

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Laidlaw

Mission Springs Ventures

Arun Gupta

Quartet

Matt Forti

One Acre Fund

Oliver Sabot

Slingshot Advisory

Neil Shah

GiveWell

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/3/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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