SAMforSE - A Self-Assessment
Manual for Social Entrepreneurs

Or: How can you know if our company or organization is doing well and what works?

Is my company doing well and what works?

These are familiar questions asked by many forward-thinking social entrepreneurs. Though the question is quite simple, the answer is often complex and influenced by many factors.

The buzz is steadily increasing about tools that measure the impact of social enterprises and standardized metrics for assessing social, economic, and environmental impact. However, there are currently no easily applicable tools for social entrepreneurs to measure their businesses in this way.

  • SAMforSE is a tool specifically developed for the needs of social entrepreneurs. It is geared toward the ecosystem and business model of social enterprises.
  • The tool is designed to help identify your strengths and successes but also to highlight areas where there is room for improvement when it comes to sustaining success over time.
  • The tool focuses on insights and planning rather than relying on some general strategies that your enterprise is growing or scaling in the right direction, or achieving impact by improving the lives of customers.
How to use SAMforSE?

The self-assessment manual consists of some introductory remarks, eleven questionnaires from different evaluation areas for assessing your business and organization, an overall assessment.

The evaluation areas for your self-assessment are: Mission & Vision, Financial Resources, Organization, Marketing & Sales, Value Chain Integration & Networking, Innovation, Scaling, Risk Management, Ethics & Accountability, Social and Environmental Impact, and Impact Assessment.

  1. Make an honest assessment of your business or organization based on the prompts in each evaluation area. Base your assessment on how each prompt applies to your business or organization: is this a “strong” area, an area that you are “tracking,” or an area that “needs improvement”?
  2. After completing all the individual questionnaires:
    Are you satisfied with your results, or is there some room for improvement? If you see some areas you’d like to work on, please have a look at the "Help & Support" section or apply for a personal coaching program (our voucher-program).

The “empowering people. Network” (epN) is an initiative of Siemens Stiftung that promotes appropriate technological solutions for the major areas of basic supply in developing regions. It provides a ground for partnership, consultancy, research, technology transfer and entrepreneurial thinking.

Siemens Stiftung developed SAMforSE in cooperation with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), with Prof. Wolfgang Hein and Prof. Robert Kappel, and is supported by Dr. Kerstin Humberg, expert in social business and global sustainability.