Maximize the value of monitoring and evaluation data

Impact audits draw from internal and external data to generate the best estimate of philanthropic impact, while providing advice on how to create evidence of effectiveness.

Benefits of Impact Auditing

Benefits for Nonprofits

Tailored, expert advice

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Credible impact assessment

Attract attention from funders with an unbiased report on your impact.

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Benefits for Donors

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Fund nonprofits backed by evidence that they are achieving their mission.

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The Impact Audit

Providing donors the analysis needed to make smart, informed funding decisions.

Standard for Analyzing Impact

Our impact audit standard answers the key questions a smart philanthropic investor asks before supporting a nonprofit.

1Impact and Cost
Impact÷Cost=Benefit/Cost Ratio

How much impact does your dollar buy? We report the best available estimates of average cost and impact on outcomes, giving the donor perspective on what a donation to the organization could achieve.

2Quality of Evidence
Internal evaluationIndependent validationEvidence from elsewhere

Quality of Impact Evidence captures how confident we are that the nonprofit’s program is leading to impact on its primary outcomes. Nonprofits with high-quality evidence of impact are delivering an intervention that has been shown to work.

3Quality of Monitoring Systems
ActivityTargetingEngagementFeedbackOutcomes

Quality of Monitoring Systems captures how well the nonprofit produces and uses data to ensure it is consistently delivering its program at high quality. Monitoring data demonstrate that the nonprofit is continuing to achieve impact.

4Learning and Iteration
Based on high-quality dataSystematicPeriodic

Learning and Iteration captures how a nonprofit makes decisions to change its models. We reward nonprofits that are using high-quality data to learn about areas for improvement, and then act on that data to iterate their model systematically.

What about financial metrics, such as a nonprofit's overhead ratio? Read why these are misleading  

Agora
Guidestar
Innovations for Poverty Action
The Life You Can Save
Yale

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