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Digging deeper - Intervention Section

The intervention section captures your program's activities or services. After selecting a categorical summary of your program's focus, you'll be asked about the type of intervention your program engages in: Direct Service, Capacity Development, or Policy and Advocacy. You'll only be able to select one.

Following your selection, you'll be asked about the intensity of the intervention. For most, the intensity of the intervention is defined as the frequency and duration of a program, measured in length of sessions over a period of time. However, there are six instances where an intervention type will lead to a dollar amount, rather than the length or duration of a program. These are instances where the intensity of a program, and beneficiary experience, is better captured with monetary value. For example, a capacity development project improving water sanitation infrastructure is best understood by the value of equipment, and a scholarship program is best understood by the value of the scholarship for each beneficiary.

The six instances where an intervention type will lead to a dollar amount, rather than the length or duration of a program are as follows:

  • Intervention type: Capacity Development

    • Infrastructure, equipment, land development

    • Product and service development

    • Program and curriculum development

  • Intervention type: Direct Service

    • Distribution of food

    • Distribution of clothing, shelter, and other non-food basic needs

    • Grants or scholarships for education, training, or other services

Sometimes a program provides curriculum development (Capacity Development), direct instruction (Direct Service), and scholarships to students (/capacity Development). In those instances, we trust the nonprofit to select a primary intervention and describe its duration and frequency. The feedback process with True Impact and funders can help clarify expectations for reporting, so partners can have a conversation about the intensity of a program’s priority activities.

Overall, there are 22 intervention types in the True Impact system to capture the intensity of a program.  Below is the full list of intervention types and corresponding dosage selections. 

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Primary intervention types

Secondary intervention type

Intervention dosage level

Direct Service

Distribution of food

Dollar Amount

Direct Service

Distribution of clothing, shelter, and other non-food basic needs

Dollar Amount

Direct Service

Grants or scholarships for education, training, or other services

Dollar Amount

Direct Service

Advertising, public service announcements, or social marketing

Time in minutes or hours

Direct Service

Individual supports, training, education

Time in minutes or hours

Direct Service

Leaderships and professional development

Time in minutes or hours

Direct Service

Exhibits or performances

Time in minutes or hours

Direct Service

Conferences or convenings

Time in minutes or hours

Policy & Advocacy

Advertising, public service announcements, or social marketing

Time in minutes or hours

Policy & Advocacy

Direct engagement (education, advocacy) with the public

Time in days, weeks, or months

Policy & Advocacy

Direct engagement (education, advocacy) with the policy makers

Time in days, weeks, or months

Policy & Advocacy

Community organizing and coalition building

Time in days, weeks, or months

Policy & Advocacy

Litigation

Time in days, weeks, or months

Policy & Advocacy

Fundraising

Time in days, weeks, or months

Capacity Development

Technical assistance, professional and leadership development

Time in minutes or hours

Capacity Development

Network-buildings, conferences, and collaborations

Time in minutes or hours

Capacity Development

Direct stakeholder engagement and education

Time in minutes or hours

Capacity Development

Presentations, exhibits, and online media

Time in minutes or hours

Capacity Development

Infrastructure, equipment, land development

Dollar Amount

Capacity Development

Product and service development

Dollar Amount

Capacity Development

Program and curriculum development

Dollar Amount

Capacity Development

Research and evaluation

Time in days, weeks, or months