“Social impact assessment provides not only the opportunity to understand program effectiveness, but to examine how an organization or program addresses the root cause of a social problem. Our students are taught skills and strategies to support organizations wishing to undertake impact assessment of their programs and services. Through this collaboration, students receive valuable training and organizations have an assessment performed.”
-- Margaret Lombe, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Social Impact Assessment Project
The Social Impact Assessment Project uses the tools of evaluation to analyze and monitor the social outputs, outcomes, or impact of an intervention or program. It represents the opportunity to investigate the effectiveness of a particular program or agency by examining social impact indicators. Graduate student teams under the guidance of GSSW faculty will plan and implement a social impact assessment project for your organization. Working in collaboration with agency leadership, students teams will use evaluation design and theory to develop an approach to evaluating your program. Over four months, the teams will conduct the evaluation, collecting and analyzing data, then prepare a report and present program evaluation findings to your organization.