A Learning Hub for professional organisations and individuals

This Learning Hub is designed to help you learn more about impact investing either to meet your personal interest or to support your work with clients if you are a professional organisation looking to make impact part of your training courses and materials.

Institutional and retail clients are increasingly looking for impact to be integrated into their portfolios. These pages will help you build your knowledge and skills so that you can work with impact with confidence. They draw extensively on research and reports from leading organisations such as the Global Impact Investing Network, the Impact Management Project and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as well as on our own resources. 

Our Lead Expert and board member Will Goodhart explains more about our Learning Hub and why you should use it.

We are looking for your feedback

We welcome feedback about the resources listed here and about the overall structure of the Hub. We will update the resources list regularly and would be grateful for any suggestions for additional resources that we could include. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to learning@impactinvest.org.uk so that they can be reviewed by the pro bono learning panel that has helped us to build these pages.

Knowledge

Everyone’s first question about impact investment is ‘so what is impact investing?’ This module defines impact investing, tells you how impact investing has developed, how it fits in with the rest of the investment world, what some of the challenges it faces are and what the key terms mean. Start here.

This is about the ‘why’ of impact investing. How do impact investors see the world and what are the frameworks that they work with to identify the impact of their investments? This module provides the answers, lists some of the challenges that impact investment sets out to address (as well as some of the constraints) and provides an important reminder to maintain a keen focus on the people benefiting from impact investing.

Impact investing is developing and growing fast. Here you will learn about the current research on the size and shape of the market, who the investors and investees are and gain insight into some of the strategies that leading investors use.

It is possible to invest with impact across all asset classes in some form. The traditional preference for venture capital and private equity is starting to break down as investors seek scale in public markets.

Skills

Managing impact is one of the core characteristics of impact investment – and you cannot manage what you cannot measure. This module takes you into the nuts and bolts of impact investment and leads you gently and logically through the steps you need to take to get it right. Standards, logic frameworks, theories of change? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Impact Investing in Practice

Individual investors, family offices, endowments and other institutions are moving beyond Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration and seeking measurable impact as well as a financial return. Those that serve them are having to build new skills.

The surging interest in impact investment is leading to a rush of new products coming to the market. It has always been important to ensure that impact investment products have a clear purpose and are managed well. Now, it is more important than ever.

Institutional investors have long made investments that have impact, for example in assets such as infrastructure and social housing, just perhaps without the intentionality that characterises impact investment. Increasingly, investors are adopting and helping to develop impact investment practices.

Impact Investing Approaches

Private capital, including pension money, can address place-based inequalities across the UK and secure financial returns at the same time. This module explores how.

New research out now

White Paper: Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact

Our joint white paper “Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact,” based on the collaborative “Place-Based Impact Investing Project (PBII)” by the Impact Investing Institute, The Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, sets out the case for institutional investors to adopt a “place-based lens.”