Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Guidelines for measuring social impact

Measuring your organization’s environmental impact is straight-forward compared to social impact. Many organizations struggle with how to measure and account for the impact they are having on people and communities. If you’re not in control of the outcomes (like educational attainment, employment, gender equity or homelessness), what should you take responsibility for and measure? How do you know if your efforts are making a difference? How do you even know if your theory of change—your assumptions around how your actions will lead to results—is accurate?

This new report provides useful guidance, including checklists and tables to help you assess your social metrics and improve them. The image below is an example, their assessment tool to trouble-shoot your metrics. 

This document will be most helpful to large institutions and municipalities but even small enterprises will benefit from reviewing this if they have at least one social sustainability goal.

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