Impact Model Overview

What is a True Impact model and how is it structured?

Your program's Impact Model (also known as your logic model or theory of change) is a step-by-step illustration of how your program creates value. In addition to efficiently explaining and quantifying how the program's services contribute to social impact, the impact model helps distinguish between outputs, interim outcomes, and end outcomes (i.e., social impact), enabling both the donor and the nonprofit to focus on the proper metrics for evaluating success.

You may be familiar with a logic model, and while this is a common tool, it tends to be pretty process heavy. At True Impact, our impact models are a refined version of logic models, focused on the end outcomes

Our Approach

At True Impact, we break inputs, outputs, and outcomes into a five stage impact model, which can be seen below. 

Program Development icon Program Development The number of improvements in infrastructure, operating practices, systems, or staff used to deliver a program’s services. (optional)
Reach icon Reach The number of people served by the program.
Learn icon Learn The number of people who then gain the skills, knowledge, motivation, or access to resources that will enable them to achieve success. (optional)
Act icon Act The number of people who then take action or change behavior in order to achieve success. (optional)
Succeed icon Succeed (Social Impacts) The number of people who improve their well-being by achieving the program's end goal.