1. About Blue Marble Japan, Inc.

Blue Marble Japan, Inc. aims to facilitate system transformation to realize a sustainable world. In today’s society, we are witnessing social and environmental issues becoming more diverse, severe, and complex in Japan and abroad. We believe that it is increasingly necessary to capture and understand various issues as systemic, rather than a simple chain of cause and effect, which inevitably prompts us to take a holistic view, promote cooperation among various actors, and perform optimal management across organizations with sound use of good data. We apply innovations in evaluation, impact management, system thinking, and complexity theories in order to craft effective approaches for tackling issues at hand.

The name of our company, Blue Marble, is the mother earth on which we live. When you look at the earth from the space, it looks like a blue marble. Coined as Blue Marble Evaluation – by Michael Quinn Patton, a respected leader of the global evaluation community, a former president of AEA (American Evaluation Association), and our mentor – is a global initiative that makes use of the power of evaluation to solve the global issue and mobilizes the next generation of evaluators to Think Globally, Act Globally and Evaluate Globally.

We are part of the Social Impact Management Initiative Japan (SIMI), a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes social impact management in Japan. We also participate in a research initiative to envision and put in place an appropriate evaluation and certification framework for enterprises that aspire to possess a stamp of approval for doing good. With these and other endeavors, we will exchange information and collaborate with various organizations around the world in pursuit of making the world a better place.

2. Organizational Representatives

Katsuji Imata, CEO
Katsuji’s current positions and titles include the following:
• Managing Director, CSO Network Japan
• Executive Board Member, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs
• Board of Directors, Japan NPO Center
• Management Leader, Social Impact Management Initiative Japan (SIMI)
• Evaluation Advisor, Japan Network for Public Interest Activities (JANPIA), the Designated Utilization Organization for the Act on Utilization of Funds Related to Dormant Deposits to Promote Public Interest Activities by the Private Sector.
• Board of Directors, Japan Evaluation Society(JES)
• Member, the Committee of External Experts on Project Evaluation, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
• Member, the Social Impact Measurement TIG (Topical Interest Group), the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

Naoki Chiba, CEO
Naoki’s current positions and titles include the following:
• Co-Director, Impact Management Lab.
• Management Team Member, Social Impact Management Initiative Japan (SIMI)
• Evaluation Advisor, Japan Network for Public Interest Activities (JANPIA), the Designated Utilization Organization for the Act on Utilization of Funds Related to Dormant Deposits to Promote Public Interest Activities by the Private Sector.
• Member, the American Evaluation Association (AEA)
• Certified Fundraiser, Japan Fundraising Association
• Registered Business Consultant, METI(Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry)

3. Our services

The work of Blue Marble Japan, Inc. encompasses the following:

(A)Evaluation consulting, utilization-focused
 - Developmental Evaluation (DE, including formative evaluation with a DE focus)
 - Combination of DE and impact management
 - Principles-focused evaluation

(B)Impact management consulting, utilization-focused

(C)Seminar, workshops and training
 - DE and other evaluation
 - Impact management
 - Collective impact
 - Blue marble related themes

(D)Research
 - “Doing good” certification and credentials (working with impact investors, local community regeneration groups, etc)
 - Other themes relevant to blue marble

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