Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry

Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry

In 2011, the GIIN published its first report using data from the IRIS database. This report summarizes early findings from 2,394 organizations that work with impact investment intermediaries. It includes the first analyses of aggregated impact data from across the broad industry, including descriptive statistics by geography and sectors, as well as aggregate data in energy and agriculture sectors. Overall, the report speaks to the ability of industry stakeholders to use IRIS to build an evidence base of impact investing performance.

This report represents a milestone for the IRIS initiative, and ... [is] intended to demonstrate the value of IRIS performance data as complementary to case studies and anecdotal stories about mission-driven organizations and funds. The analyses provide a snapshot of performance across a group of organizations working with impact investment intermediaries, and begin to indicate the potential for IRIS to enhance market intelligence.