Trainers & ConsultantsHelp drive adoption of a minimum standard of impact measurement in Canada.
Include the Common Approach in your toolkit to help your clients with their impact measurement practices.
Help your clients meet the minimum standard.
Let your clients know when they are meeting the minimum standard for impact measurement and when their practices are good enough.
The essential practices for how to measure impact.
The Common Foundations are five essential practices for impact measurement.
The Common Foundations are a minimum standard. It consists of the foundational elements that are common across methods and tools and the practices that are considered essential – they are the Common Foundations.
The Common Foundations Champions are trainers and consultants who are already helping social purpose organizations to plan, measure, analyze, and share their results using the Common Foundations for impact measurement.
Align your work with the work of the Common Approach and let the Common Approach show case your alignment!
Data Management Solutions
If your clients are asking about data management solutions you can refer them to the Common Impact Data Standard and our affiliated providers.
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Be a Champion
Include the Common Foundations in your work and demonstrate your commitment to standards for social impact measurement.
Meet the Champions – Impact evaluators who are putting the Common Foundations to work.
The Common Foundations of Impact Measurement
At their foundation, all the many tools and approaches to measuring impact share the same five essential practices. Read the essential practices in full.
Creating Flexible Standards
This case study outlines how a flexible standard can be created for social and environmental indicators.
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Common Approach Champions
As the Social Enterprise Program Manager & Coach at Pillar Nonprofit Network Rachel is part of the Libro Social Enterprise Incubator and Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network. Rachel is a storyteller at heart. Prior to Pillar, she worked with B Lab and made...
Margerit works as a program planner, evaluator and trainer in the social purpose sector to highlight the critical role of service-providing organizations in addressing social challenges. Deeply influenced by her experiences with adult literacy learners, newcomers,...
Kerri worked for almost 15 years in non-profit and government organizations that were seeking ways to effect change. She worked in roles where she both sought funds and granted funds, which allowed her to see both sides of the evaluation process. Together with four...
Cathy is a program designer, researcher, strategic planner, business developer, and non-profit sector-builder. She has coached numerous social enterprises in designing and testing their social value propositions. She began her career as a social worker with a strong...
Laurie spent much of her early career as a researcher. About ten years ago she applied for a position at Seattle King County Public Health as an evaluator and the 'light went on and she made the shift from researcher to impact evaluator. In 2015, she started Change...
Fifteen years ago, Bryn was applying skills developed through her Master’s program in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University (SFU) to work as a consultant and researcher. When the opportunity to lead a new pilot program in impact assessment...
The Social Enterprise Institute offers two courses – the Common Foundations of Impact Measurement, a six-part introductory video series (free), and a comprehensive online course ($350), designed for social purpose organizations that are serious about social impact...
Garth has a degree in communication and community economic development and worked passionately with environmental non-profits and university students’ unions through the early 2000s. Garth previously used that expertise to guide his work at Junxion Strategy, to engage...
Common Approach Lead and Assistant Professor, Accounting, Sprott School of Business The Common Approach was a collective vision brought to life by a grant and some great people. As the lead on that grant and the next, Kate anchors the team’s focus in a perseverant...
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For the standard to grow, people and organizations need to be able to demonstrate that they are using the Common Approach. Social purpose organizations aligning with all five practices, trainers and consultants, developers can request use of the identifier.