Impact Compass

Do you have a hard time wrapping your head around what social impact — one’s contribution to social progress — is, how it comes about, and how to quantify it?

The Center for Social Innovation has examined the elements to consider when gauging impact, identified six key dimensions, and crafted a visual representation to explain them: The Impact Compass.

You can leverage the Impact Compass to answer questions like:

  • What job should I take to maximize my impact potential — that is, my potential to generate positive social impact?
  • Which deal will maximize the impact return of my investment dollars?
  • Which nonprofit will make the most of my donation?

Drawing on both the extensive literature of impact measurement and the expertise of academics and practitioners in social innovation, CSI’s Impact Compass helps conceptualize impact and provides the tools to assess the relative social impact potential of various organizations, programs, or start-up ventures.