Methodology of the Philanthropy Impact Pioneers Programme


The Philanthropic Impact Pioneers Program builds on the work done by the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre in the Philanthropy: Towards a Better Practice Model from 2011-2014. We’re using a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to get the insights we need.

What we’re doing now

We are currently in the quantitative phase in which we are taking a baseline measurement of information from grantseekers and grantmakers to establish
the different perspectives on the existing relationships. We’ve used an online survey in Qualtrics to collect information from both grantmakers and grant seekers for this phase as we need to cover a vast number of organisations in a short
amount of time.

What we’re doing next

Once the baseline has been measured, we’ll run a series of semi-structured interviews with our participants as our qualitative phase. We’ll work
with observational data collected from participants in the form of reflective exercises undertaken as part of the PIPP program. Our research
is exploratory, collecting the data in this way will help inform us on what’s coming next and where we need to centre our efforts as the study
goes on.

Why we’re using these methods

The study we’re doing needs answers to both how many and why. We’re trying to find out whether behaviour has changed since the
results of the last study were published, how many organisations have changed their ways, and how many haven’t. Another thing we’re looking
at is why the changes of behaviour have happened or why the organisations have chosen to maintain their previous course of action. The publication
of the Towards a Better Practice Model report revealed a number of areas where improvements could be made, and now we want to know
who has been willing to make those improvements. We also want to know whether these changes will be long term or short term to see if there
will be any real institutional change in the future. Using purely quantitative or qualitative research methods would only give us half of the
story we need.