Impact

Women of El Carmen Varituc, Guatemala, working together to create change in their community.

Women of El Carmen Varituc, Guatemala, working together to create change in their community.

Measuring impact is important. Especially when so much is at stake, it’s critical to know whether or not IDEX’s model is effective. Therefore, in 2012 IDEX commissioned an external evaluation. The basic question we wanted to answer is this: how effective has IDEX’s partnership model been from the perspective of our partners? Sixteen organizations from six countries that have been IDEX partners for more than two years participated in the evaluation. The results of the study are striking:

Findings from this learning and evaluation report affirms IDEX’s partnership model. Its commitment to make long-term flexible grants to support locally-determined solutions is an extolled but still hard-to-find practice in philanthropy.

Among IDEX partners:

  • 82% find IDEX’s partnership model to be very or mostly effective.
  • 75% met all or almost half of their goals to address local needs with IDEX’s support.
  • 88% report they have been able to develop local, community-based solutions, either totally or to a great extent since receiving a grant from IDEX.
  • 75% identify a significant and substantive positive change in community members’ leadership.
  • 85% have developed strong alliances and links to social change movements internationally.

IDEX’s partners are able to succinctly articulate the progress they are making locally – empowering more women as leaders, enabling farmers to be sustainable agricultural innovators, and supporting community members as more confident human rights advocates. IDEX’s resources are making a lasting difference in the lives of many.