Measuring Impact


Can impact be measured? If so, can two measures be compared to determine which is larger? If so, can you aggregate together three or ten or a hundred impacts to create a single, comparable value?

Part 1: The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The problem and complexities of measuring, comparing, and aggregating impact:

Part 2: Dive into the problem of measuring impact

Two potential standards that propose to solve this problem

Part 3: The GIIRS and IRIS standards

Three more methods for measuring impact:

Part 4: Poverty, Acumen, and 60 Decibels

Finally, there is one method that solves all three problems, but be careful when you wish for solutions as sometimes you discover all solutions themselves have problems.

Part 5: The scale of philanthropy vs. investments

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