PULSE is a data management program developed by Acumen Fund in 2006 to help impact investors collect, manage, and report impact data from their portfolio companies. IRIS is integrated into PULSE, providing a flexible way for users to track performance for a relevant set of metrics from the IRIS catalog.
PULSE was initially managed and brought to market by App-X, a leading provider of fund management software solutions. The PULSE system is no longer available as a stand-alone product but now exists as a set of features offered within B Analytics, a comprehensive data collection, benchmarking and reporting platform created by B Lab. B Analytics includes the full IRIS catalogue, allowing subscribers to collect customized and thematic or industry metric data across their portfolio. Within the B Analytics platform, B Lab also offers GIIRS, the Global Impact Investing Ratings System, which provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of impact performance, leveraging IRIS metrics through the B Impact Assessment, to produce ratings for companies and funds receiving and seeking impact investment capital.
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