As an impact-driven organisation, not only are you expected to create impact, but you are required to show evidence of the social and/or environmental impact you claim. Genuine intentions are not sufficient anymore, neither are case studies, interesting though these can be. You are expected to show results. To have strong impact data.
Also, there is a growing consensus around the benefits of measuring impact not only for proving impact to external stakeholders, but also for improving your impact: it allows you to identify the limits in your programmes, learn from them and take corrective actions to improve the depth or the scale of your impact. This reflects the change in trends from simple impact measurement to a pro-active, evidence-based impact management approach. However, moving from theory and intentions to practice is not an easy task.
Only 2% of organisations find impact measurement easy, and 75% try to track longer term outcomes but find it challenging. Also, 90% collect feedback from beneficiaries, but less than half feel they do this well.” The state of play of impact measurement: Perspectives from the frontline”, Buzzacott, 2017.
What practical steps can you take to improve the way you measure your impact and learn from the data you collect? How can you be transparent on your impact while avoiding too much red tape? How to engage the rest of your organisation in this process?
Who is it for?
• Organisation's type: Whether you work for a social enterprise, a charity or a large company, you may want to find out how much you integrate impact considerations into your activities as a whole, or into a specific project, product or service.
• Size: whether you work for a small start-up or an established organisation, this quiz is for you. We understand that small organisations do not have the same resources as bigger ones, and that impact management may not be a priority. We take this into account.
• Required level of understanding: previous experience in impact management is not required. Whether you are at the very beginning of your impact management journey or if you consider that your organisation is already quite aware and at an advanced level, we suggest you take this quiz.
How long does it take?
It will take 5 - 7 minutes to complete the quiz and discover your “impact profile”.
Discover our quiz We hope that our Self-Assessment Tool will give you an insight into your level of impact management compared to best practice, and will give you some tips to help you improve. Let us know how you get on!
If you feel that this quiz is not enough, that you would like a bespoke assessment of your practices by an impact expert, or if you want to be supported in this journey, please feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you!