Oxford Impact Measurement Programme

Learn how to measure and optimise your social and environmental impact

Start date:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £6,000 plus accommodation

The 2019 Oxford Impact Measurement Programme is now full. Applications for our 2020 programme are now open.

About the programme

Organisations are no longer measured purely on their financial outputs but also on how they achieve social and environmental goals.

How can we measure and quantify the outcomes to deliver higher returns and wider community benefits?

On this programme, you will explore the nature of impact while developing a practical impact measurement strategy and action plan for your organisation in discussion with academics, industry pioneers and experienced peers from across the globe.

You will:

  • critically assess the main impact methodologies and frameworks
  • look at how to achieve management buy-in
  • examine the choices, trade-offs and opportunities posed by impact measurement
  • assess a range of measurement tools and methods
  • learn how to optimise impact

The programme blends theoretical study with practical case studies to help you understand how impact measurement can work effectively in real-world contexts.

On completion, you will have access to our growing network of public and private sector institutions, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs, all keen to share the challenges of social change.

An introduction to the programme

Impact measurement discussion

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by: Karim Harji, co-founder of Purpose Capital, the leading impact investment advisory firm in Canada; and Professor Alex Nicholls, the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford.

What our faculty say

Unless you are actively measuring your impact, you are not operating or managing in a way that fully reflects your social mission and goals.

Karim Harji

Programme Director

The benefits

To you

  • Achieve senior management buy-in and stakeholder alignment
  • Learn how to critically assess the main impact methodolgies and frameworks and select the right one for your situation
  • Understand choices and trade-offs to optimise impact across a portfolio

To your business

  • Create an impact measurement strategy and implementation plan for your organisation
  • Develop the impact management infrastructure and culture to deliver effective social impact projects
  • Achieve buy-in from your senior management team enabling the integration of impact measurement into your organisation

What our participants think

Thinking participant

Programme outline

Day one – framing the impact measurement challenge

  • What is impact? Who defines impact? What counts? Who decides?
  • Create your impact measurement strategy
  • Different perspectives across the capital chain
  • Social risk and unintended outcomes
  • Case study: Valuing impact – social return on investment

Day two – strategy

  • Impact management and developing an impact thesis and target focus
  • Selecting methods, tools and impact standards
  • Optimise impact for individual organisations and across a portfolio
  • Case study: Standards and ratings for impact performance

Day three – perspectives

  • Developing your impact measurement strategy
  • Feedback and stakeholder voices - whose impact matters?
  • Accounting for impact
  • Case study: Unintended consequences and their implications

Day four – evidence

  • Lean data and technology for impact measurement
  • Outcomes-based approaches
  • Materiality and reporting
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Case study: The value of impact measurement

Day five – responsible measurement in practice

  • Responsible leadership – principles, values and choices
  • Pitch of your impact measurement and management strategy
  • Establish post-programme networking goals

Why should you attend?

Expert meeting

Participant highlights


Joining the programme

Who can apply?

The programme is for corporate executives, civil servants, philanthropists and social investors responsible for demonstrating organisational impact.

How to apply

You can apply in one of two ways:


Next programme date:

15 July 2019 – applications now open


Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials, all daytime refreshments and evening meals.

Accommodation – this is a non-residential programme. We can book accommodation for you and bill it alongside your programme fee, please indicate requirements on your application form.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

There are 10 50% scholarship places available for people working for and funded by an aid or development agency non-profits, NGO, or other organisation in the not for profit sector. For more information on how to apply contact Annabelle Richards below. 

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits are available for three or more participants to attend Oxford Impact Investing Programme or Oxford Social Finance programme within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

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