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Leveraging a Theory of Change to Map and Measure Social Impact

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Nina Sabarre
Intention 2 Impact, LLC, Founder & CEO

Nina Sabarre thrives at the intersection of evaluation + entrepreneurship. She has over a decade of experience delivering innovative research and evaluation for clients in international development and philanthropy.

Nina is passionate about progressive causes, breaking glass ceilings for women, and using #evalpreneurship to dismantle the status quo. She has consulted for a wide variety of cross-sector institutions ranging from USAID, to the World Bank, US Department of State, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Open Society Foundations, and the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on developmental and utilization-focused evaluation for strategic grantmaking and policy advocacy for systems change.

Nina is also an adjunct professor at American University teaching graduate courses in Evaluation Approaches & Design. She is a doctoral candidate in Evaluation and Applied Research at Claremont Graduate University, where her dissertation research focuses on the role of entrepreneurship in shaping the supply of and demand for evaluation services in the philanthropic sector. She earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech, as well as a graduate certificate in Measurement & Evaluation from American University.


In the nonprofit sector, organizations often utilize a Theory of Change (ToC) model to articulate how their work directly results in a chain of outputs, intended outcomes, and ultimate impact. ToC models are used to allocate resources appropriately, inform strategic decisions, align program activities and services with the organization’s overall mission, and provide a framework to measure social impact. In this session, Nina Sabarre, Founder & CEO of Intention 2 Impact (I2I), will demonstrate how social enterprises can learn from the nonprofit sector to develop their own ToC model to maximize their social ROI and demonstrate impact to potential funders. Nina has over a decade of experience working with purpose-driven organizations to use data to drive their strategy, innovation, and impact. Some recent clients include Open Society Foundations, Transparency & Accountability Initiative, the Asian Pacific Islander Council of San Francisco, UN Food Systems Summit, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Elevate Prize Foundation, and Earthjustice.