Discover fit-for-purpose impact measurement and management systems, methods, indicators, and data

What is the Impact Toolkit?

The Impact Toolkit is a digital database designed to consolidate otherwise fragmented impact measurement and management (IMM) resources and direct users to those that are most fit-for-purpose.

How do I submit my resource?

To contribute a resource for inclusion in the Impact Toolkit, please visit the Impact Toolkit Contribution Portal. From there, download and complete the Excel template, and then email the attached file to impacttoolkit@thegiin.org. We kindly ask that contributions only be made for the resources that you have directly had a hand in creating/managing.

How can I find more resources that may be relevant?

An easy way to surface additional resources is by selecting the "Agnostic" impact theme category in the Explore or Customize functions. This will show you resources that are applicable across impact themes, whereas selecting discrete impact themes will only reveal resources tagged to the ones selected.  

What is the difference between Systems, Methods, Indicators, and Data?

These represent an attempt to consolidate every resource in the Impact Toolkit into four generally distinct categories. We have classified Systems as principles, standards, frameworks, conventions or models –  these resources serve as structures through which different impact measurement and management activities can be approached. We have classified Methods as guidelines or measurement techniques – these are resources that tell you directionally how to do something. Lastly, Indicators are metrics sets or other cataloged indices, and Data includes research, case studies, and databases of evidence. 

What is the criteria for inclusion of a resource? 

There is no official criteria to determine what resources make it into the Impact Toolkit. Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible. If a resource clearly isn’t appropriate for the Impact Toolkit, or should not be included for another reason, we will provide an explanation. 

Why are some of the resources included here not free?

Corresponding with the goal of being as inclusive as possible, we welcome resources that are freely available, as well as resources that require some sort of financial transaction to access. Our aim is to provide a means to discover what resources are out there and that may be relevant to a user’s needs. Of course, after the point of discovery, a more thorough examination will be required by the user to determine if a resource will provide value.