The core of our work with our Partners is the Slingshot Impact Assessment (SIA). This is an evidence-based impact assessment that conveys an objective perspective on an organization's poverty-fighting impact. It is an accurate, cost-effective, and scalable framework to estimate poverty-fighting impact – the net change that a given intervention or program creates in a person's life.
The SIA has several purposes:
Objectively assess the quality and impact of partners' poverty-fighting work across four dimensions of performance: benefit-cost ratio, use of best practices, measurement infrastructure, and system-level change
Identify potential opportunities for growth and areas for collaboration between Slingshot and its partners
Assess partners over time with regular updates to the assessment
The culmination of this analysis is an objective, customized report that we share with our partners' staff and leadership, and which can be used to establish a valuable baseline of performance.
The SIA is not the end of Slingshot's work with its partners - it is really just the beginning. When we identify what works, we celebrate it. When we discover what isn't working, or what could work better, we provide concrete opportunities for growth to increase effectiveness and impact.
Although we strive to assess, support, and fund our partners with the utmost objectivity, we are still developing and testing our evidence-based approach. Thus, we need feedback. We invite you to review our methodology. Use it and help us make it better. This will enable Slingshot to reduce our margin of error.