Impact strategy

Do you want to maximize your impact with limited resources? Then you need to develop an impact strategy. This gives you clarity on boundaries, goals and activities.

Think about questions such as:

  • Why does our organisation exist?
  • What are the most urgent problems?
  • Which interventions can solve these problems efficiently?
  • What could our unique role be in solving these problems?

By answering these types of questions, you reflect critically on your goals and strategy. Which may result in changes, for example a decision to look for new partners or a different target group.

Developing an impact strategy before starting your activities also simplifies how you measure impact at a later stage.

Our support

Avance facilitates the development of an impact strategy for organisations, programmes, policies and projects. With our extensive experience, tools and methods we lead discussions and help teams to align their vision and ideas. Participation is key to how we work: your knowledge and experience form the basis for discussions.

Using the existing situation as our starting point, we develop future scenarios based on the context in which you work and the unique strengths of your organisation. We present the final

strategy in the form of an easy-to-read product, for example a visualised Theory of Change or an attractive three-pager that can be used in discussions with the board.We do not just help develop a paper strategy, but can also facilitate putting your new strategy into action.

Rabo Foundation

Rabo Foundation, which is part of the cooperative banking network Rabobank, stimulates the growth of smallholder farmers in developing countries and financial self-reliance and fair opportunities on the labour market in the Netherlands.

Avance has provided the Rabo Foundation with a wide range of impact management support since 2014. One of the focal points of our support is impact strategy, including:

  • providing input for the translation of broad strategies into concrete intervention strategies
  • facilitating discussions on urgent problems underlying the strategic goals and possible solutions which the foundation can help provide
  • capturing these solutions in visual Theories of Change
  • translating theory into hands-on tools such as the Potential Impact Performance model (PIP) which provides a strong impact-based basis for selecting projectpartners.
    Rabo Foundation