Creating an impact statement for your programs and projects can help your progress towards securing funding for them and also to reach your goals and having them impact you desire in your community.
Here are five simple but powerful questions that will help you build your impact statements and also us in reporting.
What is your organization trying to accomplish?
Be clear and concise about what your ultimate goal is and what it will accomplish for your community. Articulating your long-term goals helps people understand your mission and what outcome you’re aiming for and gives context and purpose to your day to day activities.
What are your strategies for making it happen?
Describe your strategies for accomplish the long-term goals you outlined in the first question. Include the broad approach and why you believe these methods will benefit your community and advance the issue. Clearly stated strategies help people outside your organization how you intend to reach your goals.
What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?
List resources, capacities, and connections that support your progress to reach your goals; internal and external. Identifying your organization’s specific capabilities and how they align to your goals will help assign your resources and gives stakeholders confidence that these resources are being used effectively.
How will you know if your organization is making progress?
What qualitative and quantitative indicators will your organization use to assess your progress toward your intended impact? Also identify key milestones and when you want to reach them. How will you use assessments to stay on track and refine activities to reach your goals?
What have you accomplished so far and what's next?
Be able to show recent progress to your long-term goals by describing how your near-term objectives are propelling your organization toward your ultimate impact. When describing outcomes achieved and those not yet realized, include what you’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t work, what obstacles exist, and what adjustments have been made along the way.