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How do you measure impact?

In the last 100 years, Save the Children has contributed towards to policy changes in almost every country around the world to achieve change for children.

Campaigning for the most marginalised and deprived children is a vital aspect of Save the Children's work. To ensure we are being effective and relevant in what we do, we have committed to track and assess our impact on children.

The most successful campaigning movements in history have taken time, sometimes decades. Keeping track of what we have done and what change has happened is vital.

Recognising the difficulty of assessing advocacy and campaigning impact, we use a simple framework that feeds into our Global Results Framework. The video below explains how this works.

This system helps us to reflect on progress, ensure we are on track to achieving our objectives, inform and change our strategies and ultimately hold us accountable for delivering on our commitments to children and contribution to the SDGs.

Building on decades of best practices, and with a commitment to keep it simple, we have designed a practical, jargon-free approach to assess our work. We feel confident in sharing the process and hope it will support others who do not have the time or resources to design a system.

We have a short guidance document, a constantly evolving menu of indicators and a series of templates. Click on the buttons below to access these tools.

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Guidance: Advocacy monitoring and evaluation

Guidance: Menu of indicators

Guidance: Intense period debrief methodology

Template: After activity reviews

Template: Impact reporting

Template: Recording your advocacy achievements