Jane Reisman, PhD

Impact Measurement Practitioner

Jane Reisman is an experienced social sector evaluator and impact measurement practitioner, and key contributor to the development of measurement, learning and best practices to the fields of philanthropy and impact investing. As the founder and leader of ORS Impact for over 25 years, Jane developed a record of engaging in new frontiers of evaluation and measurement- especially those that require innovative and practical approaches.  Her current work focuses on designing approaches to impact measurement and management for impact investors and building the evidence base.

Jane actively contributes to strengthening measurement practices in impact investing as an advisor and leader including: advisor to The Rockefeller Foundation, GIIN, the Mission Investors Exchange, and DFID; co-leader of the World Economic Forum Action Group on Evidence and Cases; and chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement Group.

Authored Content

  • Oct 16 2019
    Blog Post Weaving Learning into the Fabric of Philanthropy: Working Smarter in the Age of Big Data In this data-rich world, are we getting better at learning in philanthropy? Given the growing proliferation of data in our lives—big data, digital data, automated data, etc.—one might assume that our ability to work more effectively as a result of increased information grows at a comparable rate. But research and lived experience suggest otherwise. Consider […] Jane Reisman, PhD, Julia Coffman, Veronica Olazabal
  • Apr 30 2018
    Blog Post Is Improved Evidence the Next Big Priority for Impact Investing? The term impact investing was coined just over ten years ago at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. At the time, the Foundation recognized a staggering gap between global development funding needs and the resources that were available. In fact, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of governments, […] Jane Reisman, PhD, Shawna Hoffman, Veronica Olazabal