About Social Impact Squared
If you are providing goods or services to improve people’s lives, Social Impact Squared wants to partner with you to understand, measure, communicate, and improve your social impact. You will bring your expertise and the day-to-day challenges of working with your clients to the partnership, and Social Impact Squared will bring expertise in using social research and evaluation methods. Our combined efforts will result in social improvements that go beyond the sum of our individual efforts.
All Social Impact Squared projects are lead by Paul Bakker in coordination with a network of associates.
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About Paul Bakker, Credentialed Evaluator
I’m the founder and lead consultant of Social Impact Squared.
I am an experienced evaluation consultant and coach, with close to a decade of experience. My key strength is my large toolbox of methods and approaches. My academic training focused on conducting rigorous impact evaluations, but as a consultant, I have continued to build my expertise in applying other evaluation approaches (i.e. developmental, formative, collective impact, etc). I have used both qualitative and quantitative methods, including advanced statistical methods such as time-series and mixed models. Rather than apply a single approach to every situation, I work with my clients to identify the approach that best meets their needs and context. My many repeat clients demonstrate the quality of my work.
As a consultant, I focus on helping organizations use evaluation to increase their positive social impact. I have acted as both an independent consultant for smaller projects and as a team member for larger evaluations of government programs. My clients come from a wide range of sectors, including education, health, employment, youth development, and crime prevention. I work collaboratively with clients and my network of associates to make connections, build understanding, address emotions, find solutions, and present information to motivate people to take action. I have also acted as a pro bono Director of Evaluation, which provided me with first-hand understanding of the challenges that small non-profits face in conducting evaluation.
As a coach, I provide teaching and guidance to both non-profit professionals and students. I have trained and supported non-profit staff on how develop and apply both developmental and formative evaluation frameworks, including logic models, theories of change, evaluation questions, methods, analysis plans, and evaluation matrixes. Since 2013, I have provided introductory evaluation workshops to post-graduate students and helped them prepare for the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Student Case Competition.
I am committed to providing cutting edge services of the highest standards. I have received the Credentialed Evaluator designation through the Canadian Evaluation Society. I regularly present at the Society’s annual conference and elsewhere. I am currently on the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter Board of Directors. To facilitate learning from my local community of evaluators, I organize Evaluation Cafe Toronto events, where evaluators regularly come together to learn from each other.
View my CV for more details on my experience