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The IMP is a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, manage and report impact

What is the Impact Management Project?

What is the IMP’s focus through to 2021?

What are impact management norms?

The Impact Management Project (IMP) is a forum for building global consensus on how to measure and manage impact.

We convene a Practitioner Community of over 2,000 organisations to debate and find consensus on technical topics, as well as share best practices.

We also facilitate the IMP Structured Network – an unprecedented collaboration of organisations that, through their specific and complementary expertise, are coordinating efforts to provide complete standards for impact measurement and management.

The IMP is building consensus around standards in three areas:

  1. Processes for managing impact (practice)
  2. Frameworks and indicators for measuring and reporting impact (performance)
  3. Rating and valuation for comparing impact (benchmarking)

Through our IMP Practitioner Community, we continue to debate and find consensus (norms) on technical topics in all three areas. This is complementary to our facilitation of the IMP Structured Network, through which standard-setting organisations are coordinating – and sometimes even co-creating – standards in these areas.

From 2016-18, a sizable cross-section of the market came together to agree on the definition of impact and the types of data that one would therefore expect to find in any good impact framework and impact report. These norms provide a logic for sharing information about impact goals and performance across value chains – from people and planet experiencing impact, to enterprises, to investment intermediaries, to advisors, to asset owners. The content in this website describes and illustrates the norms agreed by over 2,000 practitioners globally. 

Are you using the IMP norms to collect and organise impact data?

How have the IMP norms helped you set impact goals as an enterprise or investor?

How have the IMP norms helped you assess the impact performance of your enterprise or portfolio? 

The IMP has brought together the perspectives of investment, grant-making, business, non-profits, social science, evaluation, wealth management, policy, standards bodies and accounting (among others). The approach has been global, open and iterative through in-person and virtual sessions – and we want your continued input. Contact us with your ideas, comments and insights, or participate in our Practitioner Community, which is open to everyone. Tell us how you are using this content to manage impact.

Who is involved?

The IMP Advisors are a diverse group of thoughtful organisations, whose guidance and funding make this industry effort possible

The IMP Structured Network comprises organisations that are working together to coordinate standards of impact measurement and management

The IMP Strategic Partners are a group of organisations whose partnership is essential for informing and/or disseminating standards of impact measurement and management

The IMP Practitioner Community is a wide range of organisations who bring expertise and experience to the table to find agreement (norms) on technical topics and share best practices in implementation

The IMP Team operates out of a UK non-profit, dedicated to impact management