Impact Management

Like the other modules on this platform, we have the ambition to provide useful information for social entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurial students. The information on impact management is compiled by a group of researchers/teachers/consultants with not only a passion for social entrepreneurship, but also with a strong purpose to make a difference towards what we call a healthy and fairer world. So yes, according to the definition of social entrepreneurship 3.0, we consider ourselves social entrepreneurs.

The information you will find in this module is the result of research on social impact measurement, several consulting assignments in the social sector and our experience in sharing our knowledge with college students.

This module is structured according to the “5 steps to complete impact management”. It includes both the introduction to what impact exactly is, to making your impact visible, and finally measuring and evaluating it. In the last step you will also find information on developing an impact culture, because our experience is that a focus on impact, sustainable impact measurement and optimisation can only become reality when the whole organisation is ‘on board’.

Key Concepts

As a social entrepreneur/enterprise you will understand why impact management is key for your activities, and reaching your goals. We will introduce a five-step model which covers all aspects of impact management. Also important is a profound understanding of the Theory of Change and how this relates to the mission of your organisation

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, it is expected that you will:

  1. Understand the difference between impact, outcome and output.
  2. Understand how you create impact by drawing upon the Theory of Change.
  3. Use effective impact measurement and communicate impact in both qualitative and quantitative forms.
  4. Understand why sustainable impact management includes an impact culture.