Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Impact Investing (Brest)

A landscape analysis and segmentation of impact investing markets. The project will include a mapping of investors within each segment, their interests and requirements, in what asset classes and enterprises they are investing, the barriers and challenges they face, and expected financial and social returns as compared to actual portfolio performance. This phase of the project aims to create and share practice-based knowledge. We gratefully acknowledge Morgan Stanley's support and contributions to the project.


Free Speech Debate Project (Reich)

The multilingual site aims to stimulate a debate on free speech in the age of mass migration and the internet. Ten draft principles for global free speech are laid out (We drafted them with the likes of Richard Dawkins and Dina Pokempner), together with explanations and case studies - all up for debate.


Metrics and Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector (Powell)

Our goal is to document the sources and types of nonprofit evaluation, and explain how the proliferation of evaluation is reshaping organizational behavior and its broader social impacts in the United States and internationally.


Stanford Project On The Evolution Of The Nonprofit Sector (Powell)

The Stanford Project on the Evolution of Nonprofits is intended to improve baseline knowledge to inform decision making within and about the sector.


Private Activity in the Public Interest: Ethics, Public Policy and Philanthropy (Reich)

The aim of my research is to offer a political theory of philanthropy, to examine the political ethics of private activity in the public interest.


Philanthropy, Policy and Technology (Reich, Bernholz)

Examining the 21st Century, technology-driven innovations in philanthropy and civil society with an eye toward updating the 20th Century public policy framework that structures the nonprofit sector.

As part of the PPT research initiative PACS will host a monthly charrette series, called ReCoding Good. Find out more »


Organizational Capacity for Continuous Innovation (OCCI) in Established Social Sector Organizations (Seelos/Mair)

The dimensions and complexities of global social and environmental problems are challenging the ability of social sector organizations to remain relevant. Supporting the ability of organizations to continuously innovate is therefore a prime mechanism by which funders can contribute to progress. This report informs a process leading up to a future research program that aims to generate actionable insights into the mechanisms that promote or inhibit the capacity for continuous innovation in social sector organizations. It provides an overview of the mainstream organizational and social sector literature on innovation capacity. On that basis, we propose an analytical process model of organizational capacity for continuous innovation. It captures the dynamic of how ideas are generated internally or accessed from external sources and how they are evaluated, experimented with, adopted or rejected, and formalized in organizations as technical or managerial innovations, new products, or services. This model is used to integrate a number of internal and external factors that are known from the literature to impact innovation capacity.