2019 Impact Framework and Measurement

As subject experts, measuring and monitoring our annual impact is a critical part of Impact Amplifier’s growth, maturity and evolution. As both an intermediary and implementer within the impact economy, understanding and measuring our impact is complex and exciting as it allows us to explore new territory in a discipline that is constantly changing.

We use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the tool for categorising and monitoring our annual impact.

Impact Amplifier offers a range of acceleration and training programmes focused on getting social enterprises ready for investment.

While the SDG’s provide a global set of goals to measure individual actions against, it does not sufficiently address the means of determining whether a contribution toward the goal has been made. This is particularly true when there is not a clear direct causal relationship between actions and the impact measured.

Because of our complex role in the impact ecosystem, Impact Amplifier has developed the following framework for attributing our impact to what we are able to measure. We have created three categories for our work:

  • Direct – Significant: in this category, Impact Amplifier can make a direct link between its efforts and an SDG and where progress can be measured.   This is generally related to our long-term acceleration work with entrepreneurs across sectors and social issues and our impact enhancement work where we are directly implementing an ecosystem intervention.
  • Direct – Marginal: Impact Amplifier is contributing toward the SDGs, but our attribution is less direct and the ability to measure impact is not consistent.  This category generally relates to our investment readiness training with social entrepreneurs that are more short term, or impact assessments where we are not participating in programme design or delivery.
  • Indirect – Significant: Impact Amplifier creates an enabling environment for other organisations to contribute to the SDGs. This relates to our research and knowledge creation about the social and ecological impact ecosystem.

Although we measure everything we do, we only attribute our efforts toward the Sustainable Development Goals in the Direct – Significant category.

The highlights of our Direct – Significant measured outcomes and impact from 2019 includes:

  • Funding - facilitated R50 million of grant and debt funding to social enterprises.
  • Jobs – 44 new jobs created and 202 sustained.
  • Education – primary and secondary school access for 1,209 rural children; 80,000 secondary students received career guidance; and 15,000 new students accessed  science and technology infrastructure.
  • Healthcare – 4,360 subsistence farming families accessed primary healthcare; and 90,000 people received specialist medical care.
  • Safety and Security – reduced the crime rates by 80% for 31,000 people.

Sustainable Development Goal Contributions

“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a universal call to action for all United Nations Members States to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.” – United Nations, 2020

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are defined in a list of 169 SDG Targets. Progress towards these Targets is agreed to be tracked by 232 unique Indicators. Here is the full list of definitions.

Impact Amplifier annually makes contributions toward fulfilling the SDGs. The table reflects our 2019 contributions and what percentage of our overall impact was attributed to each goal. Often a single accomplishment like educating low income, rural girls will contribute toward multiple SDGs – Quality Education, Gender Equity and Reduced Inequalities. Thus, the percentages reflected in the table are more than 100% in total. 

  Sustainable Development Goals Percentage Of Impact Attributed To Each SDG
1 No Poverty 23%
2 Zero Hunger 10%
3 Good Health and Well-being 30%
4 Quality Education 47%
5 Gender Equality 47%
6 Clean Water and Sanitation 3%
7 Affordable and Clean Energy 3%
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth 60%
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure 27%
10 Reduced Inequalities 83%
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities 7%
12 Responsible Consumption and Production 7%
13 Climate Action 3%
14 Life Below Water 3%
15 Life on Land 3%
16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions 10%
17 Partnerships for Goals 97%