The Common Foundations are five essential practices for effective impact measurement. They are:

  • Plan your intended change
  • Use performance measures
  • Collect useful information
  • Gauge performance and impact
  • Report on results

Building on good work already underway:

  • The social purpose community has too many different impact measurement resources. We will focus on using resources to highlight the commonality across them. It will be part of S4Es integrated suite of instruments to advance a common measurement.
  • We know that successful standards build on widely adopted practices. By articulating the common process, we are simply defining and celebrating the good work that many social purpose organizations are already doing.

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The Common Foundations of Impact Measurement

The Common Foundations of Impact Measurement Official Document

Les pratiques essentielles de la mesure d’impact

Common Foundations Webinar- PowerPoint Slides

Want to learn more about the Common Foundations?

Our partner, the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI), has developed on-line learning modules for each of the five essential practices of the Common Foundations.

Click HERE to find out more!

Common Foundations Partners

The Common Foundations is being led by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, in partnership with the Social Value Lab and the Social Enterprise Institute.


Common Foundations to Impact Measurement: Self-Assessment Tool / Les pratiques essentielles: Outil d’auto-évaluation