Measuring the Ashoka Support Network’s Commitment and Impact in Building Changemaker Capacity
In January 2015, the Ashoka Support Network Global team and our partners at CEB surveyed ASN members to assess the network’s strength and impact. The survey was designed to gather information on ASN demographics, trends in recruitment and activity, and the material impact of member contributions. Here are the results.
Nearly one-third of ASN members work in financial services. This is a key resource to Ashoka Fellows, who increasingly seek hybrid financing opportunities to make their organizations financially sustainable.
- Personal relationships and word-of-mouth are essential to the expansion and longevity of ASN. The survey found that 38% of members were recruited by another ASN member and 32% were recruited by Ashoka staff. Further, every ASN member recruits on average at least one new member, underscoring the network’s multiplier effect.
- ASN members are highly dedicated and understand the long-term commitment necessary to achieve lasting social change. The survey respondents have spent 3.8 years on average as part of ASN, and 87% of respondents intend to renew their membership.
- Ashoka Fellows are driven by a vision to change the world, but often lack the connections or resources to make it reality. ASN members open doors that once seemed locked—in the preceding year, 65% advised Fellows on a business plan or strategy, 29% served on a Fellow’s advisory board, and 25% helped expand a Fellow’s network.
- The relationship between ASN and Ashoka Fellows is a two-way street; through these collaborations, ASN members realize shared value and gain empathic leadership skills. Ninety-one percent of ASN members interacted with an Ashoka Fellow in 2014, and 73% of all respondents rated their interactions with Fellows as “very valuable.”