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Measuring Impact

Workshop: Understanding how to measure the impact of your social enterprise UnLtd Ina

Zoe Schlag

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Measuring Impact

Understanding how to measure the impact of your social enterprise Measuring Impact Impact is the fundamental change- intended or unintended, positive or negative-occurring in organizations, communities or systems as a result of your program activities What is impact? An impact assessment is an evidence-based report that communicates the impact of your program activities. What is an impact assessment? Key questions to be answered in an impact assessment: What has changed?
For whom?
How significant is it?
Will it last?
In what ways did we contribute to these changes? To demonstrate success

To understand how our efforts translate into impact in communities

Be accountable to stakeholders

To use findings to advocate for changes in behaviour, attitudes, policy and legislation at all levels Why Should We Measure Impact? Start with a logic model How can you track your outputs, outcomes and impact? Monitoring Focuses on interventions
Measures ongoing activities Guiding Question: What is being done? Focuses on interventions
Measures performance against our objectives Evaluation Guiding Questions What has happened?
Did we achieve what we set out to achieve? Focus on affected populations
Assess changes in people's lives Impact Assessment Guiding Questions What has changed?
For whom?
How significant was this for them? The Process 1) Complete your logic model
2) Track your work
2) Identify indicators
3) Set up systems
4) Communicate your findings Identifying Indicators Describe the social, economic and cultural conditions in qualitative and quantitative ways-these are your baseline measurements Agricultural Sector Indicators Increase in farmer incomes
Increase in crop yields Energy Number of clean energy tools or technologies distributed or implemented Health Number of innovative health tools or programs implemented
Change in infant or maternal mortality rates Education Increased number of children attending school
Increased access to educational opportunities Human Rights Dignity (ownership, increased independence) Inclusive Employment Number of employable beneficiaries
Number of graduates receiving jobs after one year
Increased confidence Technology Number of innovative technologies distributed Marginalised Community Empowerment Jobs created
Increase in self-esteem Economic Development Increased employability
Improved livelihoods
Increased income generation Track Your Indicators How are you going to collect your data? Methodologies Increase in...
Decrease in...
Improvement of...
Greater levels of...
Lower rates of...
Acquisition of...
Number of...
More... Put 'change' words to your intended results How will you monitor your outputs?
How can you evaluate your outcomes? How will you track whether you are being effective at what you are doing?
What kinds of problems have you faced? What kinds of problems might you face in another year? Discussion of M&E Who is responsible for carrying out these measurements?
When will it be done?
How often will it be done?
How will you record the results of your measurements? Put Systems in Place Consider your indicators 'snapshots' of your work

Use them to express to donors, potential partners, community members, etc. what you are doing

Include them in your marketing materials (website, blog, etc.) Communicate Your Findings Inputs Activities Outputs Outcomes Impact Human, financial, organizational and community resources available to direct toward work What the program does with these resources

Processes, tools, events, technology, actions that are an intentional part of program implementation Direct products of program activities
Can include types, levels and targets of services to be delivered by the program Specific changes in program participants’ behaviour, knowledge, skills, status, level of functioning Select methodologies that will track quantitative and qualitative data Questionnaire
Case Study
Focus Group
Photos Over to you... Over to you... Methodologies and Systems Over to you...
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