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Performance Measurement for Impact Employment: A Catalog of Impact Employment Metrics

The world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people often lack access to jobs that can help them earn income in order to support their well-being and the well-being of their families. Increasingly, companies and organizations that operate in regions with a high concentration of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups are able to provide employment solutions for this target population. Such organizations are increasingly interested in creating a positive impact through employment.

As these enterprises look to quantify and communicate the positive impact of such employment, they require credible metrics that can help them compare and report performance.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, convened an expert working group in 2014 to develop a set of metrics with standardized definitions for measuring impact of employing disadvantaged and vulnerable people. This work was supported through the Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa initiative, which seeks to impact one million lives in Africa through employment of high potential but disadvantaged youth in information and communications technology jobs.