The Social Impact Index (SII) was designed with the goal of measuring the multiple factors of a social development programme which contribute to its ultimate social impact.

Social Impact Factors

Breadth of Impact – A measurement of how many people the project impacts.

Changing Paradigms – The degree to which the project encouraged mindset and behaviour changes.

Wellbeing – The degree to which a person experiences improved quality of life.

Empowerment – The degree to which a person or community is empowered to do what they wish to do.

Depth of Impact – The degree to which a project provides lasting, positive changes in a person’s life.

Quality of Project Implementation – A measure of how well the project was implemented.

The Social Impact Index (SII) was designed with the goal of measuring the multiple factors of a social development programme which contribute to its ultimate social impact. The tool is intended to help philanthropic investors to measure the social impact of their giving and differentiate between investments, and attract new investment dollars. The tool is intended to be defensible, transparent, comprehensive, comparable, replicable and maintainable.

Much like the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index, the SII tool is an index of indexes. The tool seeks to assess social impact by scoring six components which are considered to be essential for a social development project to result in improved lives and communities: the degree to which the project will impact wellbeing and empowerment; the degree to which the project results in necessary paradigm change; the depth and breadth of the project (both how many people benefit from a project and the various ways in which they benefit); and the effectiveness of the project’s implementation. These components are the basis upon which the social impact score is determined.

 


Top 20 Projects on the Social Impact Index  

SII ScoreImplementerCountryGrantLives ChangedCost/LifeSector
96.00 Action for Development
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$191,69937,043$5.18
96.00 Society for Women and AIDS in Africa - Ethiopia
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$232,75243,409$5.36
96.00 Christian Relief and Development Association
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$837,34293,526$8.95
92.00 Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$316,82565,589$4.83
92.00 Pragati Gramodhyogevam Samaj Kalyan Sansthan (PGS)
India Nepal Human Liberty Initiative
India
$110,4507,234$15.27
92.00 Assemblies of God Relief and Devel. (AGREDS)
Ghana Child Labour
Ghana
$199,4188,450$23.60
91.20 Tatwasi Samaj Nyas (TSN)
India Nepal Human Liberty Initiative
India
$177,26058,422$3.03
90.00 Professional Alliance for Development
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$417,13952,651$7.92
88.00 Duncan Hospital
Eastern India Health
India
$183,06652,690$3.47
88.00 Ethiopian Gubae Egziabher Bete Krisistian Lemat
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$287,24545,570$6.30
88.00 Fakirana Sisters Society
Eastern India Health
India
$110,64816,369$6.76
88.00 Win Souls for God Evangelical Ministry
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$182,78821,002$8.70
88.00 Serving in Missions
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$495,63349,772$9.96
88.00 Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS)
India Nepal Human Liberty Initiative
India
$180,1496,793$26.52
88.00 Gulu Youth Development Association
Northern Uganda Conflict Recovery
Uganda
$197,1496,972$28.28
88.00 MSEMVS-TIP
India Nepal Human Liberty Initiative
India
$145,0253,884$37.34
87.40 Adithi
Eastern India Health
India
$158,05034,832$4.54
87.40 Mekdim Ethiopia National Association
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$210,42533,076$6.36
87.40 Integrated Services for AIDS Prevention
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$312,77848,083$6.50
86.00 New Life Teen Challenge Development Program
Ethiopia HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia
$163,95410,013$16.37
Note: The Social Impact Index Score reflects the relative social impact of a given development project. The lowest possible score is 20; the highest possible score is 100.

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