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How we measure impact

At Reach for Change we work to (i) improve children’s lives through (ii) capacity-building social ventures.

(i) How we measure impact on children

The social ventures we support work to achieve one of our six portfolio impact objectives for children. Through our impact objectives we contribute to the fulfillment of ten of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (1-8, 10 and 16). We track impact on children through three measurements, which our social ventures report on quarterly:

REACH. Our social ventures report the number of children supported through their activities. They back up the reported number through uploading verifications e.g. photos and attendance lists.

Change Leader Faraja Nyalandu addresses the shortage of teachers in Tanzania through providing free of cost online courses within eleven secondary school subjects. During 2016, Faraja and her team reached 220 766 youth - more than fifteen times as many as in 2015. Learn more

STORIES. Our social ventures submit stories that demonstrate how they improved a specific child’s life. This helps them to better understand the impact that was (and was not ) achieved and engages stakeholders in a way that numbers cannot.

4-year-old Mohammed from Senegal suffers from sickle cell disease. In 2016 he was helped by Change Leaders Jean Luc and Evelyne to receive his blood transfusion in time. Read the full story

OUTCOME RESULTS. Minimum once a year, our social ventures report results on their organization's targeted outcome.

Bulgarian Change Leader Veselina Feldman runs Horse Therapy Association. They provide equine assisted therapy to children with autism in order to improve their physical and psychological capabilities. To track achievement of this outcome, they use the Autism Treatment Evaluation Scale (ATEC). Among 67 children, 82 % had improved their ATEC score after six months of support. The outcome targeted by Veselina falls under Reach for Change's portfolio impact objective Health & Development.

(ii) How we measure impact on social ventures

We support social ventures through two programs, the Accelerator and the Incubator.

ACCELERATOR. The Accelerator is a short, intense program aimed at making social ventures ready for investment.

We use the Investment Readiness Diagnostic © 2016 to assess the social ventures’ Investment Readiness Index at the start and end of the program. In the assessment, the social ventures are rated on to what extent they fulfill 13 statements; Fully (2), Partly (1) or Not at all (0). An example of one of the 13 statements:

The social entrepreneur can present statistical evidence from a reliable source that clearly demonstrates the scope and severity of the problem for children addressed

0 - No or irrelevant data, or data without source. 
1 - Relevant data from unreliable source e.g. unrecognized research institution and/or non-transparent research methodology. 
2 - Relevant data from reliable source e.g. the UN, Save the Children, Government, a well-recognized national research institution etc.

Read about our 2016 Accelerator results

INCUBATOR. The Incubator is a three year program aimed at helping social ventures develop to a tipping point where they can create large scale impact for children facing pressing issues.

We use the Development Tracker © 2015 to assess the social ventures’ organizational capabilities and achievements at the start of as well as throughout the Incubator. In the assessment, the social ventures are rated within eight areas (such as Financial Health, Impact Tracking and System Change) at level 0-5. Each level consists of detailed evaluation criteria covering both demonstrated behaviors (e.g. “Impact measurement tool developed”) and achieved results (e.g. “First positive outcome results achieved”).

In addition to the Development Tracker results, we track the social ventures’ year over year development in revenues, employees, geographical footprint and number of children supported.

Read about our 2016 Incubator results

The Investment Readiness Diagnostic and Development Tracker assessments take place in conversation with the social ventures, but our Program Managers have the final say. Random sample checks are conducted by our Impact Team in order to ensure accurate and consistent assessments.

Annica Johansson

Annica Johansson Global Impact Manager

annica.johansson@reachforchange.org

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