What is an SII? What does it offer CARE for deeper impact on underlying causes of poverty, social injustice?
The Strategic Impact Inquiry (SII) is in-depth impact research designed with the specific goal of fostering a culture of critical thinking in CARE, and with those we serve. This goal makes the SII different from many other forms of "impact evaluation" - affecting the stakeholders we engage, the questions we ask, the methods we use, and the processes we support to promote learning and uptake of the findings about CARE's global impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice. It is only one part - an important one - of an overall system for impact assessment, program quality improvement, and organizational performance in CARE. Within those systems, the SII helps clarify our understanding of what it takes to impact on the underlying causes of poverty, through:
Original and secondary research, including creative use of multiple streams of existing data
Analysis of all layers of CARE’s work, situating project-level analysis in organizational, national and industry contexts to learn what drives program impacts
An evidence-based narrative to aid learning, and drive performance improvement.
The SII on women's empowerment is the first of CARE's Strategic Impact Inquiries. Future SIIs will focus on other key underlying causes of poverty and social injustice that CARE is trying to affect. Work is underway to organize the second SII, on Governance.