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Indicators at country level, but usable at program / project level for some of them. Dominant framework for large-scale development activities, and CSR activities begin to include indicators related to the SDGs.

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RECOGNITION

100

High

Low

The SDGs are widely accepted as an adequate standard for understanding and reporting development and social improvements.

PRECISION

60

High

Low

Guidance is provided for collecting the data related to the proposed indicators, though still not very precise.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metric is not the basis for any certification scheme to date.

DEPTH

90

High

Low

A wide set of indicators is provided for each topic covered.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Environment Children Energy Waste Agriculture Forestry Finance Women Communities Climate Biodiversity Human Rights Employment Poverty Housing Land Conservation

GIIN Impact Reporting & Investment Standards

Global Impact Investing Network

Standard for impact investing reporting. This framework covers a wide range of subjects, but is not always as precise as sectorial methodologies (apart from financial indicators). It is recommended to align any impact measurement on this standard.

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RECOGNITION

100

High

Low

This metric is a leaing standard for impact measure. It is widely used for social investments results understanding and reporting.

PRECISION

90

High

Low

This metrics provides precise guidance on the proposed indicators. It also details calculations to be used for adequate reporting.

CERTIFICATION

50

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis for a dedicated certification scheme, but it is used in some external certifications, for example B Corp.

DEPTH

80

High

Low

This metric is quite deep, as it provides a variety of indicators for each topic covered.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Environment Waste Agriculture Forestry Finance Communities Climate Biodiversity Human Rights Employment Poverty Housing Land Conservation

G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

Global Reporting Initiative

Reference framework for CSR issues, with an extensive list of indicators. Often centered on the organization, but some indicators focus on specific stakeholders (mainly employees).

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RECOGNITION

90

High

Low

This metrics is considered as a leading standard for CSR analysis.

PRECISION

80

High

Low

This metrics offers a high level of precision: detailed guidance is provided for each indicators, detailing diferent scenarios when it is needed

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of any certification scheme.

DEPTH

100

High

Low

This metrics is extremely deep : for all subjects, a large range of indicators covers many aspects of the issues reported, as well as a distinct scenarios.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Environment Human Rights Employment

Impact Builder

Bond for International Development

Database of indicators, with the pre-registering of sub-indicators for specific topics. The database is precise on some subjects, in particular childhood.

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RECOGNITION

60

High

Low

This metric is well known in UK but is also used by some impact investers and pilantrops to measure their impact.

PRECISION

40

High

Low

This metrics provides a clear breakdown between topic covered, outcomes obtained and indicators related. The guidance for indicators measurement is nevertheless limited.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metric is not the basis for certification schemes of impact measure.

DEPTH

75

High

Low

This metric provides a large variety of indicators for each topic covered.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Environment Energy Finance Poverty Housing

EU Social Indicators

European Commission

Set of indicator on various subjects : poverty, access to some basic services (health etc.)

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RECOGNITION

50

High

Low

These indicators are used within EU policies, but not widely used in impact measure.

PRECISION

80

High

Low

This metrics provides very precise guidance on how to buid the indicators, as well as breakdowns for categorizing the data.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metric is not the basis for any certification scheme.

DEPTH

85

High

Low

This metric is quite deep, as it provides various indicators for each topic covered

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Employment Poverty

Precise set of indicators with specific guidance for both the data creation and treatment. Many areas are covered by this methodology.

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RECOGNITION

50

High

Low

This metrics is well-known in the community and is used outside the leading institution.

PRECISION

100

High

Low

This metrics is extremely precise : it provides not only indicators, but also guidance on how to build adequate data, and calculations for the posterior analysis and treatment.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of any certification scheme, or used in any.

DEPTH

90

High

Low

This metrics offers a very important range of indicators for each subject covered. It can be considered pretty exhaustive on the topic included (health, education, poverty).

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Employment Poverty Housing

Limited number of inidicators (about 20) on different topics, often user-oriented.

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RECOGNITION

20

High

Low

This metric is used within OECD to understand and evaluate policies, but is not widely used as a reference for social impact measure.

PRECISION

100

High

Low

For each indicator proposed, very detailed guidance and calculations are provided.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis for certification schemes related to social impact.

DEPTH

50

High

Low

For each topic covered, a limited number of indicators is provided.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Employment Poverty

NEF Metrics

New Economics Foundation

Framework of good practices for social impact measurement, with samples of indicators on specific subjects (individual, communities, environment, economics)

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RECOGNITION

20

High

Low

This metrics is known in UK but not widely used as a reference standard for impact measurement.

PRECISION

40

High

Low

Some light guidance is provided for building the data related to the suggested indicators.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

30

High

Low

A limited number of questions / indicators is provided for each topic covered.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Environment Poverty

BoP Impact Assessment Framework

William Davidson Institute

Big-picture impact of an organization : both negative / positive, essentially on Sellers, Buyers and Community. A few indicators are preestablished. It is not very deep, but helps to understand and follow an organization impact.

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RECOGNITION

10

High

Low

This metrics is not much used, though it has been used in the past for Base of the Pyramid impact assessments.

PRECISION

10

High

Low

This metrics has a limited number of indicators available, often one or two for each topic.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not linked with any certification scheme

DEPTH

10

High

Low

This metrics has a limited depth : it usually offers one or two indicators for each topic.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Environment Children

Good Finance Outcomes Matrix

Big Society Capital

Framwork of multiple outcomes and indicators on a large range of subjects, designed to help the social sector to structure its impact measurement objectives.

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RECOGNITION

10

High

Low

This metrics is very new and therefore not recognized as a leading standard for impact measurement.

PRECISION

30

High

Low

Guidance is light on how to build the indicators or make calculation on the built data.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

60

High

Low

This metrics offers a limited number of indicators for each topic covered. It provides a useful filter for selecting indicators adapted to the stakeholders on which impact is expected.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Environment Communities Employment Poverty

Best practices for designing and managing a quality activity regarding education.

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RECOGNITION

60

High

Low

This framework is recognized by a wide community of experts as a useful tool for education-related projects.

PRECISION

10

High

Low

No specific guidance is provided, nor application scenarios of indicators.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

25

High

Low

Not many indicators are provided. This methodology only covers some important topics (training of teachers, quality of education processes)

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :

United Nations framework (good practices, general indicators, guidance for calculations) focused on environmental impacts of refugees-related activities.

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RECOGNITION

50

High

Low

This metrics is used within UN Bodies.

PRECISION

90

High

Low

This metrics is very precise : it provides detailed guidance on how to build the data, as well as a standard scorecard for assessing the results.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

90

High

Low

This metrics provides a large range of indicators for the sub topics covered.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :

UNFCCC Methodologies

United Nations Convention for Climate Change

United Nations set of methodologies related to greenhouse gas emission reductions. It is the standard for all carbon measurement good practices and calculations.

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RECOGNITION

100

High

Low

UNFCCC methodologies are the recommended standard for evaluating greenhouse gas emission reductions

PRECISION

100

High

Low

UNFCCC methodologies provide exhaustive guidelines on how to build the data for all indicators provided. Calculations are also detailed.

CERTIFICATION

100

Yes

No

UNFCCC Methodologies are the basis for the UN GHG emission reduction certification scheme, as well as the reference for most voluntary carbon emission offsetting schemes.

DEPTH

100

High

Low

UNFCCC Methodologies consider all necessary data and indicators to be assessed for evaluating the climate change impact of implemented actions.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Environment Energy Waste Agriculture Forestry Chemistry Climate Housing Land Conservation

United Nations framework for acces-to-energy definition and measurement. It considers mainly access to eletricity and clean cooking activities.

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RECOGNITION

90

High

Low

This framework is considered a reference by many key actors of the energy sector. In particular, all international organizations (UN, SE4ALL, World Bank etc.) use it as a standard for classifying access-to-energy activities.

PRECISION

50

High

Low

This framework details standard categories for assessing the level of access to energy of an intervention / a person. But the guidance on how exactly to build the data is not always produced.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

50

High

Low

This framework seeks to measure in a standard way the level of access-to-energy of a studied situation. The range of indicators is therefore limited, but sufficient to have a clear understanding of the reality of the access-to-energy.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Environment Energy Poverty

Set of specialized methodologies focused on measuring the environmental impacts of energy-related activities. The main impact considered is the greenhouse gas reduction, but guidance is provided for other impacts

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RECOGNITION

80

High

Low

This framework is considered as robust and reliable for the topic covered (climate impacts)

PRECISION

100

High

Low

This framework is extremely precise in guidance and calculations that need to be applied for the covered indicators.

CERTIFICATION

100

Yes

No

This framework is the basis of a certification scheme of outcomes, in this case greenhouse gases reductions due to the project activities.

DEPTH

100

High

Low

This framework is extremely robust and provides multiple and credible indicators for assessing the covered outcomes (greenhouse gases reductions)

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Environment Energy Waste Agriculture Forestry Communities Climate Poverty Housing Land Conservation

GOGLA Off-grid metrics

Global Off-grid Lighting Association

Framework for impact measurement of access-to-electricity activities. Considered by the industrial sector as a standard, it is aligned with United Nations guidance on access-to-energy definition and measurement.

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RECOGNITION

70

High

Low

Though rather new, this metrics is adopted within the sector as an adequate standard. It is still not very well-known out of the off-grid sector.

PRECISION

100

High

Low

This metrics is extremely precise : it provides both detailed guidance and calculation methods for all indicators proposed.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

50

High

Low

This metrics doesn't seek the depth of the range of available indicators, but rather the common denominator at sector level. Therefore the quantity of indicators is limited, though sufficient for a precise impact measure and reporting.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Environment Energy Communities

Set of indicators for the impact measurement of access-to-electricity activities. Guidance on data collection and treatment is provided

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RECOGNITION

10

High

Low

This methodology is known by experts of the access-to-energy sectors but is not widely used for assessing the impacts of electrification projects.

PRECISION

100

High

Low

This metrics details very specifically the guidance needed for building the indicators, as well as calculations between them.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

60

High

Low

This metrics has an intermediate depth. It covers main issues related to access-to-electricity issues, but provides a limited number of indicators for each issues.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Environment Energy Climate

HACT wellbeing valuation approach

Housing Association Charitable Trust

Precise methodology on the housing sector. It includes both good practices for evaluation, standard indicators and typical valuations of impacts for calculating overall valuations of actions.

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RECOGNITION

50

High

Low

This metrics is used within the housing sector, in particular in UK.

PRECISION

70

High

Low

This metric comes along with adequate guidance on how to conduct the interviews and build the data.

CERTIFICATION

0

Yes

No

This metrics is not the basis of, and is not used in any impact certification scheme.

DEPTH

75

High

Low

This methodology offers an adequate variety of indicators for covering the topics related to housing.

SPECIFICITY

This metrics specifically tackles the following topics :
Health Education Environment Children Employment