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Welcome to One Acre Fund Insights, a living library of white papers and reference resources on important topics in agriculture innovation, social enterprise, farm finance, agriculture policy, and impact measurement. This is a work in progress: content will be added on a rolling basis.

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Measuring Farm Profit

At One Acre Fund, we’ve found that measuring farm profit is surprisingly complicated, requiring a number of important assumptions. The purpose of this paper is to outline the major assumptions we have made and the rationale behind those assumptions.




One Acre Fund Spillover Effect in Kenya

This report reviews an analysis One Acre Fund undertook to better understand the extent to which farmers who live in our program areas, but who are not enrolled in the program, still receive some program benefit.




Difference-in-Difference Impact Results

In addition to the randomized control trial (RCT), One Acre Fund uses the Difference-in-Difference (diff-in-diff) statistical technique to verify our everyday measurements. This memo covers our latest, and most comprehensive, difference-in-difference studies.




One Acre Fund 2015 Annual Impact: Country Level

This report provides a detailed breakdown of One Acre Fund's 2015 program impact by country.




Measuring Social Return on Investment Before You Invest

Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article explores how using a social return on investment framework can allow nonprofits to better estimate the future impact, cost, and scale of programs before they begin. By Matthew Forti and Jake Goldberg.




Getting the Counterfactual Right

Measurement enables organizations to understand their effectiveness, improve on their impact, and actually achieve their mission. One area where measurement is often weak is selection bias. In this memo, we share our experience addressing selection bias through experimenting with four different approaches: propensity score matching, randomized control trials, newly enrolled farmers, and difference-in-difference.




One Acre Fund Impact and M&E Strategy

This strategy memo explains how One Acre Fund uses impact measurement to prioritize the highest impact products, phase out low-impact offerings, and constantly improve the products and services we offer.




When Less Impact Per Client = Greater Social Good

Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article by Matt Forti explains why mission-driven organizations need a more nuanced understanding of why and how impact may fluctuate over time.




Social Good = Scale x Impact

Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article explores why nonprofits and academics should focus on scale and impact when developing and evaluating direct service interventions. By Andrew Youn and Matt Forti.




One Acre Fund 2014 Annual Impact: Country Level

This report provides a detailed breakdown of One Acre Fund's 2014 program impact by country.




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