Almost two years ago, I began the process of building an Impact Tracker at The Center for Investigative Reporting to help us better understand the results of our work. Flash forward to today, and we have a custom-built platform that is being used by more than 20 organizations around the world.
Today, we are releasing an open-source version, available to any organization.
Our Impact Tracker is the result of a design process that put newsroom staff, their needs and their workflows at the center of impact measurement and analysis. The Impact Tracker is designed to replace the ad hoc methods that all of us use with a streamlined way to track the long tails of our work.
The data entry method – a web form – takes about 15 seconds to fill out, quicker than writing and sending an email. The Impact Log database is simple, intuitive and easily sorted and filtered, and it includes an interactive timeline to visualize impact over time.
Because the tracker is open source, you can contribute to the source code and make changes that benefit everyone. If you need help developing an impact framework for your organization or customizing an Impact Tracker, CIR offers workshops and coaching on a fee-for-service basis. Contact CIR’s director of strategic research, Lindsay Green-Barber, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.