MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION AND BENCHMARKING

Getting started with measuring impact can feel overwhelming. 


Social Impact Measurement and Analysis is a process of understanding how much social change occurred and can be attributed to an organization's activities. It is also about being able to position your organization within your sector through research and benchmarks, comparing with other organizations' experience in order to get inspired and learn from a variety of practices. By building the evidence base, across contexts and with different approaches, and learning and adapting based on what we find, we can achieve positive impact, and are more likely to attract investment. 

We provide support for:

Funders

  • Accompany you to become a steward of change management to guide impact discussions, facilitate outcome definitions, and build a relationship of mutual learning with your grantees, which will contribute to developing nonprofit organizations capacity for change. 

  • Conduct external impact evaluations of your programs and portfolios.

Social purpose and not for profit organizations

  • Social Impact is an increasingly important item on investors' agendas. For organizations looking to access funding, we can help you getting ahead by embedding good impact practice and measuring relevant impact to ensure your organization stands out from the crowd in a competitive bidding process.

  • Supporting you in demonstrating exactly how you deliver on your mission, which can make the difference between securing funding and missing a valuable opportunity.

  • Conducting benchmarking and research on a certain topic or on the state of your practice in your sector. 

Humanitarian and development agencies

  • Helping your teams build the right measurement indicators for measuring impacts (and not just outputs or outcomes) from the very start of a program as well as identify the best methods of data collection to allow continuous learning and ajustment along the way. 

  • Conducting external and independent program/project evaluation, including capacity development funded programs.

  • Conducting benchmarking and comparative studies/research on a certain topic or on the state of your practice in your sector. 

Regardless of your type of organization, understanding your impact and the way you work will help you to:

  1. Know what works and what does not.

  2. Focus on the activities which contribute most to your mission but primarily to the needs of communities you serve.

  3. Help your clients/beneficiaries in the most relevant way for them.

  4. Improve decision-making and policy design.

  5. Explain your work to internal and external audiences through demonstrating the causal effects between the desired impact and the choice of actions. 

  6. Be accountable to stakeholders and the public by engaging in open honest dialogue.

  7. Attract donors and funders to invest with trust and confidence.

  8. Stay competitive in a challenging funding environment.

  9. Motivate volunteers, staff and trustees.

We use a mix of tools and methodologies such as the Standards of Evidence Framework, the Data Quality standards, the SROI (Social Return on Investment) Principles, IMP (Impact Management Project) Norms, OECD standards, Developmental Evaluation, and more. 

 

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