Impact Design 2017-06-02T14:29:05+00:00

red-arrowIMPACT DESIGN


Impact strategy and due diligence

Monitoring systems

Capacity building

“If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend the first 55 minutes understanding the problem and the last 5 solving it.”
Albert Einstein
An impact strategy is a must-have for any socially driven organisation. The strategy development and design process brings alignment and coherence to your
organisation’s purpose, decisions and implementation. Smart design for on-going impact measurement is about building the system and strengthening the capacity to deliver.

Step 1: Develop the strategy

Formulating your impact intention and measurement system

  • Using a results-based approach to programming like a Theory of Change, or an Impact Value Chain provides a framework within which to develop a monitoring system that enables both accountability and learning and so enables us to work effectively toward achieving our intended impact
  • Whatever framework is used, organizations must consider their inputs, their outputs and their outcomes to fully comprehend their ultimate impact
  • And then, once you know what you’re going to do, it’s important to do the required due diligence on any partner

Step 2: Design the system

  • A results-oriented system separates out monitoring and evaluation – clarifying what should be monitored, what should be evaluated, by whom, how and when.  This should happen at the planning phase of a programme cycle
  • A well-designed and organised monitoring system will ensure that the right data is collected at the right time during and after project implementation. This data will help guide programme learning, informing implementation, strategic decisions and ultimately impact measurement
  • We assist partners to clarify their programme objectives, customise their learning questions and articulate success metrics as part of the design of a monitoring and assessment system

Step 3: Build the capacity

  • Our capacity building approach is to demystify the core ideas and processes so our partners can be effective monitors of their work and so build learning organisations.
  • We provide an overview of the principles of good impact assessment and how you can introduce it into your organisation in a way that is appropriate to your needs and budget.
  • While we have a ready-made toolbox of tools, checklists and tips, we don’t think one size fits all. We offer bespoke systems-design solutions that meet our partners needs supported by a capacity building process to ensure effective take-up and implementation.
  • Our package includes retraining, mentoring and onsite support.

 

  • Our capacity building approach is to demystify the core ideas and processes so our partners can be effective monitors of their work and so build learning organisations.
  • We provide an overview of the principles of good impact assessment and how you can introduce it into your organisation in a way that is appropriate to your needs and budget.
  • While we have a ready-made toolbox of tools, checklists and tips, we don’t think one size fits all and are well able to offer bespoke systems-design solutions that meet our partners needs supported by a capacity building process to ensure effective take-up and implementation.
  • Our package includes retraining, mentoring and onsite support.

 


red-arrowPROJECT IDENTIFICATION AND DUE DILIGENCE


We conduct research into the identification and vetting of suitable Public Benefit Organisations to provide grant funding that will enable chosen organisations to increase the impact of their work.GreaterImpact combines established social research methodologies with tools we have developed in-house, over ten years in the socio-economic development sector.  We have developed two key tools for assessing the credibility, sustainability and social impact of investments at an organisational and project level:

  1. Organisational capacity diagnostic tool
    This tool rates the purpose, strategic planning, performance, resources, governance and sustainability of the organisation and its activities that results in a dynamic organisational development ranking that highlights areas of strength and weakness.
  2. Project risk assessment tool
    This tool considers risks related to concept, design, capability, control, sustainability and external factors that affect the successful implementation of the organisation’s projects. It also looks at social impact in terms of the breadth, depth, intensity, urgency, need and permanence of the intervention.