MISSION MEASUREMENT ANNOUNCES CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE COMMITMENT TO ACTION: CODIFYING THE KEY SUCCESS FACTORS TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY
Leaders in Food Security join forces to create a new model to predict food security program effectiveness
New York, February 10, 2015 -- Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Winter meeting, President Clinton announced a new Commitment to Action designed to increase the impact of food security programs. A cross-sector partnership, The Food Security Genome, will systematically code the vast evidence-base drawing from corporate, NGO, academic and government resources in order to quantify outcomes, identify key success factors and create critical benchmark data in this vital area. The resulting “genomic” model will turn decades of data into actionable insights that enable users to predict the efficacy and cost per outcome for any food security program. This tool, which will focus first on the USA and then expand globally, will allow practitioners to design more impactful programs, thereby saving funders and implementers significant time and money and improving the lives of millions of beneficiaries.
Pictured from Left to Right: Bob Bloom, CFO for Heifer International, Marcela Hahn, from CARE, President William J. Clinton, Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, and Mary Catherine Toker, General Mills Foundation
The Food Security Genome is part of the Impact Genome Project™. It is led by Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement and Nolan Gasser, Chief Genomic Officer at Mission Measurement and famed architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project™. Joining Mission Measurement in this effort are eight initial Food Security Genome Consortium members. They include leading corporations/corporate foundations (General Mills Foundation, Tyson Foods, etc.) and leading NGOs (Capital Area Food Bank, CARE, Heifer International and Share Our Strength).
“The greatest value of measurement occurs before we invest in social programs. Every other sector uses predictive data to make more informed decisions and to forecast expected outcomes. The social sector deserves the same. If we want to double our impact, we need to be able to compare investment opportunities, benchmark returns and determine not only what works but what works best.” said Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement.
The goal of the Food Security Genome is to apply Mission Measurement’s research methodology to create benchmarks and predictive models that prove which interventions lead to impact.
“This type of collaborative partnership is valuable to Heifer International as we are able to share data, assess results and make impactful improvements ending the cycle of hunger and food insecurity," said Bob Bloom, Heifer International’s Chief Financial Officer
Mission Measurement Media contact: Perry Yeatman
Heifer International Media contact: Allison Stephens
Mission Measurement is a world leader in measuring social outcomes. With offices in Chicago, Washington and London, Mission Measurement helps companies, governments, foundations and nonprofits improve the return on investments in social change. For more information, visit us at www.missionmeasurement.com or follow us on Twitter at @missionmeasure, @jasonasaul, @perryyeatman.
About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100
Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.