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

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)

 

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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.