Impact Audits

A rating tool that helps nonprofits improve and guides donors toward what matters most: impact.

For more information, contact us at info@impactm.org.

 
 
 
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Community Health Workers Program

Mission: To empower community health workers with the digital tools and supervision to address basic health challenges.
Intervention: Living Goods trains women from local communities in Uganda to diagnose and treat malnutrition, infection and many common and life-threatening illnesses.

Impact and cost: 1 child death averted per $5,000 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the full report (PDF, 20 pages)

 
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Career Counseling and Placement Assistance Program

Mission: To help low-income Contra Costa residents better support themselves and their families with earnings from employment.
Intervention: C.C.P.A. offers participants one-on-one career counseling; case management; weekly workshops on the job application process and workplace expectations, conducted in a group setting; and job placement.

Impact and cost: $24 in additional earnings per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 10 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 41 pages)

 
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Job Training and Placement Program

Mission: To help low-income Contra Costa residents better support themselves and their families with earnings from employment.
Intervention: A job training program that consists of: Computer and life skills training necessary for administrative positions; a paid internship; case management and counseling; job placement; and ongoing career services for alumni.

Impact and cost: $3 in additional earnings over five years per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 10 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 45 pages) 

 

 
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Coffee Initiative II

Mission: To increase the net revenue of smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa.
Intervention: A program with two components: (1) two years of training for coffee farmers on improved coffee and maize agronomy; and (2) technical assistance and help obtaining loans for coffee cooperatives.

Impact and cost: $34 in net revenue per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 11 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 48 pages)

 
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Impulsa Tu Empresa

Mission: To increase the net revenue of small and growing businesses (S.G.B.s) in Central America.
Intervention: A business accelerator program that provides two to three months of classroom training and seven months of consulting to S.G.B.s.

Impact and cost: $31 in net revenue per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 10 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 43 pages)

 
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Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible

Mission: To increase the net revenue and productivity of small and medium-sized bean and coffee farmers in Honduras.
Intervention: MAS trained bean and coffee farmers on agricultural and management practices and increased access to improved seed, financial services and market information.

Impact and cost: $7 in net revenue per $1 spent; 25 percent increase in productivity
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 10 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 42 pages)

 
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Women Mean Business

Mission: To increase the profit of women-owned small and medium enterprises (S.M.E.s) in Uganda.
Intervention: A 16-month program for S.M.E.s with three components: (1) training on essential business skills; (2) coaching to develop a business plan; and (3) mentorship from a more experienced businessperson.

Impact and cost: $1 in profit per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 10 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 39 pages)

 
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Microenterprise Program

Mission: To increase incomes of extremely poor residents of rural sub-Saharan Africa.
Intervention: Village Enterprise delivers a yearlong, four-part program to the extreme poor: cash to start a business, training, mentoring and a savings group.

Impact and cost: $1.60 in combined consumption and assets per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 11 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 79 pages)
Download supporting appendix (Excel spreadsheet)

 
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Child Survival Program

Mission: To save the lives of children and newborns in countries with high child mortality rates.
Intervention: D.M.I. designs, develops and runs media campaigns that provide repeated exposure to information on how to improve child health.

Impact and cost: Approximately $1,700 per child life saved
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 11 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 59 pages)
Read the full report (Excel spreadsheet)

 
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Newborn Health Program and Mobility Program

Mission: To improve the health of poor patients served by resource-limited medical facilities.
Intervention: D-Rev designs, develops, licenses and distributes affordable medical devices that meet the needs of low-resource health facilities, including a phototherapy device for neonatal jaundice and a prosthetic knee.

Impact and cost: Approximately $600 per DALY averted
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 12 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 79 pages)
Download the supporting appendix (Excel spreadsheet)

 
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Impact Sourcing

At the time of the impact audit, the Impact Sourcing program relied on funding from donors. However, Samasource has since transitioned to an earned revenue model whereby it is able to cover the cost of its Impact Sourcing program with the revenues generated by selling the microwork services to other companies. As a result of this shift, philanthropic dollars are no longer needed to sustain the program. This means that the original benefit/cost ratio (0.64:1), which reflects social benefits per philanthropic dollar, no longer applies to the Impact Sourcing program.

Mission:
 To increase income for poor and unemployed youth in developing countries.
Intervention: Samasource provides poor unemployed youth with formal sector, digital microwork jobs. Workers receive support services, training, experience and pay that meets a wage standard.

Impact and cost:  $0.64 in additional earnings per $1 spent
Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 7 pages)
Read the full report (PDF, 123 pages)

 

The following audits were conducted under an outdated standard

 
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Rural Entrepreneur Access Project

Mission: To move women in drought-prone pastoral communities in arid regions in Africa out of ultra-poverty and to increase their resilience to droughts.
Intervention: BOMA puts ultra-poor women through two years of sequenced interventions (“graduation style”) with a cash transfer to start a business, training, mentoring, and group savings.

Conclusion: BOMA improves the lives of ultra-poor women, increasing increases the resilience of households through increased food security, new income sources and savings.

 
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Graduation Program

Mission: To increase income for women and vulnerable groups living in extreme poverty.
Intervention: Trickle Up identifies the ultra-poor and delivers a four part program: a productive asset grant to start a business, training, coaching, and a savings group.


Conclusion: Trickle Up improves the lives of women and other vulnerable groups living in ultra-poverty, increasing income, food consumption, and savings.

 
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Possible

Mission: To build a high-quality, low-cost healthcare system in remote districts in Nepal that integrates government hospitals, clinics, and community health workers.
Intervention: Possible manages government health infrastructure in the districts, implementing a hub and spoke model that provides integrated hospital, clinic, and community healthcare.

Conclusion: Possible improves health outcomes among people who otherwise lack high quality care, and improves health care access and health outcomes for the marginalized.

 
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Success for All

Mission: To develop and disseminate research-proven educational programs to ensure that all students, from all backgrounds, achieve at the highest academic levels.
Intervention: SFAF implements a whole-school reform program, with a new cooperative-learning curriculum as well as staff training and regular monitoring of outcomes and reforms.

Conclusion: SFAF improves literacy for children, from all backgrounds, and very likely improves math achievement as well.