Q&A: Demonstrating and Measuring Societal Impact

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The aim of this FAQ is to share experiences on working with indicators that measure change at society-level i.e. exploring the different levels of impact such as raising awareness, changing behaviors, transforming people and their organizations, etc.


What constitutes "societal impact" ?

  • Change of behavior
  • Awareness raising
  • Ownership
  • Empowerment
  • Capacity building
  • Level of income (not monetary but could be quality of life such as education,health, etc)
  • Sustainable structures
  • Policy change
  • Legal institutions

How to make an international project generate positive societal impact?

How do you measure societal impact?

  • Projects should measure changes in societal impact based on human development indices (HDI), which exist in all countries as a baseline to measure such impacts.
  • Communities targeted by projects should be measured separately from the general population, so as to highlight changes that have taken place, otherwise they will be obscred within the national statistics.

How can you make the population interested and involved in environmental issues?

Further Readings

Links to Organizations and Other Resources

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