The Center offers a menu of courses taught by a distinguished faculty of established leaders in the field.

All courses are cross-listed between the full-time and part-time MBA programs. In addition, space permitting, Cal graduate students in other schools can enroll in these courses during the add/drop period of each semester.

The social sector of the economy exists primarily to produce positive change in individuals and society. Yet, measuring what impact social sector organizations and programs (including those supported by nonprofits, government and the private sector) actually have is extremely difficult. How can leaders and the social sector know “what works” and is worthy of continued investment to sustain and scale-up — and what doesn’t work and therefore needs to stop? This course provides an overview of the challenges in measuring impact in social programs, and highlights ways to use metrics to improve organizational performance in real-world settings. It exposes students interested in social impact to a set of frameworks that can help social sector organizations track and improve their performance. Through a unique partnership with Amgen/Onyx, several nonprofit organizations working in the cancer field will receive grants of $25,000 to work with student groups to implement improvements in their metrics systems recommended by project teams formed in the class.

Instructor: Colin Boyle (Fall)

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