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Measuring and managing impact - A practical guide

June 24, 2015


The goal of impact measurement is to manage and control the process of creating social impact in order to maximise or optimise it (relative to costs). Based on best practices from the field, this guide is filled with tips on how to implement impact measurement in five easy-to-understand steps, at the level of both the social investors and their investees.

Launched in 2013, the guide was updated mid-2015 to include information on its uptake, the challenges that practitioners continue to face, its contribution to policy work, and EVPA’s future plans in terms of research on impact measurement and management. 

The impact measurement standard used here is endorsed by the European Commission as the EU-wide best practice standard of impact measurement.

Download the report

You can download this report for free. Should you want to add it to your website, please link to this webpage. This is the English version of the publication. You can download the French, Spanish and Swedish version at the bottom of this page.

View our presentation

To uncover the main elements of impact measurement, and find out how to get started with measuring impact in your organisation, have a look at this short presentation:

Read our case studies

Discover how two EVPA member organisations (Reach for Change and Investisseurs & Partenaires) have implemented impact measurement in their organisations.

Discover VP in a Nutshell - Case Studies and Good Practices

VP in a Nutshell is a series of short guides on impact measurement, non-financial support and exit, outlining  the key elements, theory and implementation of these practices.  All of this in only four pages.


This article was written by

Anna-Marie Harling Anna-Marie Harling

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger Dr. Lisa Hehenberger

Peter Scholten Peter Scholten


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