Companies and their stakeholders want to know if, and how, on-the-ground programs and projects are leading to desired human rights outcomes. We are adapting the well-established Theory of Change methodology into a tool that focuses, not on ‘checking-the-box’, but on true outcomes for people.
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This resource offers an introduction to a new methodology that Shift is currently testing, through Valuing Respect, to evaluate specific human rights interventions through a 'theory of change' lens. It provides a simple framework for companies and their stakeholders to develop and work with indicators in ways that support learning about what is working and why.
Project Lead Mark Hodge writes for Shift's Viewpoints blog on progress made in 2018 and discusses the beta version of a new tool to help companies evaluate outcomes for people.
In Shift's first discussion paper for Valuing Respect, we propose two complementary ways to think about the breadth of information – and associated indicators - that might be useful in evaluating a company’s human rights performance and therefore supporting improvements in reporting and business respect for human rights.
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In this piece, Shift's Senior Advisor John Sherman discusses the usefulness of lagging versus leading indicators in how we evaluate business respect for human rights, and what the future of these indicators might look like through the lens of Valuing Respect's mission.