Our mission is to solve the world’s most intractable social problems using data

That’s a pretty all order. But that’s where you come in. We help funders like you (governments, foundations, corporate CSR) to improve the impact of your investments in social programs. Our outcomes-based frameworks, tools and benchmarks are leading the industry to set clearer goals, make smarter resource allocation choices and produce better portfolio impact.

Each year governments, corporations and philanthropies across the world invest billions into social programs that aim to address some of society’s biggest challenges, from poverty to public health, hunger to education and so much more. Yet, key indicators suggest this massive investment is not yielding dramatically improved results.

In an era where social issues matter more than ever, we can no longer afford to guess what works. We have the resources to solve many of our gravest problems, but what has been missing is the evidence base and insights to make the right investments and maximize the returns.

We see the need for a new generation of data and we are proud to be collaborating with the public and private sectors, investors and philanthropists, scholars and social entrepreneurs, all with an eye towards putting more ‘science’ into social science.

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Founder

Mission Measurement was founded in 2005 by Jason Saul, a leader in the field of social impact evaluation, benchmarking and data standardization.

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Jason Saul is the Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement. With more than twenty years of experience in the field as an entrepreneur, academic and author, Jason is known as one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact. He has worked with leading corporations, public sector agencies, private foundations and nonprofits to transform the way they think about creating value through social change.

Prior to founding Mission Measurement in 2005, Jason practiced as a public finance attorney at Mayer Brown LLP, a global law firm specializing in litigation and complex transactions across industries as well as spending time at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Jason’s passion for social sector change began even earlier in his career when he founded the Center for What Works, a national nonprofit focused on benchmarking and performance management and when he was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission.

Jason also serves on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he teaches corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management. He is a well known author having published three books on social strategy and measurement: Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to manage, measure and improve performance; Social Innovation, Inc.: Five strategies to drive business value through social change; and The End of Fundraising: How to raise more by selling your impact. Jason continues to share his thought leadership as a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events worldwide on topics related to outcomes measurement and social innovation strategy.

Jason holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BA in Government and French Literature from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jason was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service, and in 2010, BusinessWeek named him one of the Nation’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.

Advisory board
Larry Hedges

Department Chair, Professor, Board of Trustees
Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

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Mitch Barnes

Former Chief Executive Officer, Nielsen Holdings
Board Director, Information Services, Data & Analytics, Digital Transformation

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Nolan Gasser

Architect of the Music Genome Project
Pandora Radio Composer, Pianist, Author

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Liz Kirscher

Former President, Data Division, Morningstar, Inc.
President, Fairpointe Capital

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Mats Lederhausen

Former President, McDonald’s Ventures
Former Chair, Business for Social Responsibility
Founder & CEO, BECAUSE, LLC

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Nina Nashif

Former Founder & CEO, Healthbox
CEO, Board Director, Venture Capitalist

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Careers

We are a diverse group of smart, curious and entrepreneurial individuals who have a strong passion to make the world a better place while building a company that has lasting impact beyond what we could do on our own. We represent a team of academics, consultants, social policy analysts, researchers, economists, entrepreneurs and business analysts who collaborate with our partners to advance the social sector.

Our work is our passion, and we make sure that our culture reflects that energy. Our office space is bright and open, designed for both quiet, personal work and highly collaborative work among team members.

Please send expressions of interest and resumes to apply@missionmeasurement.com.