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Measuring impact

In our impact measurement, we track and evaluate both our direct impact on social ventures and our indirect impact on children.

Measuring impact on social ventures

In order to understand the development of the social ventures we supported in 2017, we monitored:

In order to get an indication on, to what extent the ventures’ development can be attributed to our support, we collected anonymous feedback from the social ventures about what role they think we played in their development during the past year.

In addition to tracking the development of the social ventures who are currently in our program, we also followed up with our Alumni on whether they are still in business and if they scaled.

Measuring impact on children

In order to understand the social ventures’ impact on children in 2017, we monitored:

Reporting that benefits rather than distracts

It is important to us, that our reporting requirements are proportional to the support we provide and, ideally, that the process of reporting benefits, rather than distracts our social ventures. With this in mind we were happy to see that, when we surveyed our social ventures anonymously (with a 76 % response rate), that almost two thirds think that Reach for Change’s 2017 quarterly reporting process contributed considerably or greatly to:

  • Learnings about their organization’s results and progress (64 %)
  • Having a set of stories and data that they could communicate to their other stakeholders (64 %)
  • Development of regular routines for their data collection (62 %)

How we work to continuously learn and develop

Impact and program data from our 17 markets is systematically collected, compiled and quality-assured by our Central Impact Team - throughout the year. An initial analysis and assessment of results is conducted, together with members of the Central Program Team, who, where applicable, dig deeper together with Country Program Managers and Regional Directors. The primary goal of the analysis we conduct is to identify areas for improvement and actions needed for that improvement, but also to identify good practices which we share in our monthly Global Program Team meetings.


Annica Johansson

Annica Johansson Global impact manager


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