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Governance by IndicatorsGlobal Power through Quantification and Rankings$
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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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Impact Investment Indicators: A Critical Assessment *

Impact Investment Indicators: A Critical Assessment *

(p.392) 16 Impact Investment Indicators: A Critical Assessment*
Governance by Indicators

Sarah Dadush

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a look at the development and use of indicators and related reporting systems in social impact investing. It introduces the Global Impact Investment Rating System (GIIRS) and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). It then studies the concept of ‘investment impact’ indicators, which are considered as important bridging and blurring devices. This chapter also identifies the advantages and costs of this system, which include a move away from local self-expression of distinct community initiatives.

Keywords:   reporting systems, social impact investing, investment impact indicators, bridging devices, blurring devices, local self-expression, community initiatives

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