The Navigating Impact project—an IRIS+ initiative—helps impact investors connect their impact goals with evidence, starter kits of metrics, and curated resources that can help them measure, manage, and optimize for impact. The Navigating Impact project acts as an incubator for content that is then further refined, validated, and added to IRIS+ through a standardized process engaging a wide range of stakeholders and experts.
Through the content provided, investors, enterprises, and other stakeholders in the impact investing ecosystem can explore Impact Themes such as Energy Access, Gender, Education, Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Water Management, and others. Each of these Impact Themes includes a series of Strategic Goals that show common impact intentions that investors and enterprises may have within that space For example, under the Impact Theme on Smallholder Agriculture, Strategic Goals include “Improved Access to Training and Information,” “Improved Farm Profitability,” and “Improved Food Security,” among others.
Each Strategic Goal includes a research-based overview of the problem and how investments can work toward solutions, an evidence map, a starter kit of metrics that are shown to indicate progress toward that strategic goal, and curated resources that can help practitioners measure and manage their impact most effectively.