Step-by-step guide to measuring social impact

Impact measurement is a critical part of impact investing. However, measuring environmental impact can often by easier to measure, compared to social impact, with access to scientific data.


The Centre for Social Impact in Australia has published guides that provides accessible and practical resources to organisations measuring their social impact.


The beginner's guide to social impact measurement


The Compass - your guide to social impact measurement provides a beginner's guide to social impact measurement.


The in-depth guide to social impact measurement


The recently published Roadmap To Social Impact - Your step-by-step guide to planning, measuring and communicating social impact provides in-depth steps to measuring social impact.


In summary the steps are:

  1. Clarity the context for measurement

  2. Plan for measurement

  3. Programme design

  4. Understand what to measure

  5. Develop an outcomes framework

  6. Data collection and monitoring

  7. Analysis of impact

  8. Communicate impact and implement change


Developing market capability in impact measurement


Also of interest is the Outcome and Impact Measurement for Social Impact paper, outlining the state of impact measurement in Australia. The report provides advice to government on strategies to building capability in impact measurement.



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