How can you measure magic? How can smaller organisations, especially those working with street-connected young people, measure impact?


This is a short report and toolkit that was put together by Nicola Sansom, CEO of S.A.L.V.E. International, as part of her Clore Social Leadership Fellowship practical research, to help to explore some ideas and just a few impact assessment tools that could be adapted for different contexts to help organisations that work with street-connected children and young people to measure their impact.


The report explores impact assessment after interviewing a range of leaders and monitoring and evaluation experts from across the global street-connected young people sector. It explores how they define impact, why they measure it, how they measure it, how much time and brain space is given to impact assessment within their organisation and what the barriers are to being able to measure it.


The toolkit contains an explanation of what each tool is, how you could use it, how you could adapt it and some of its limitations that you need to consider before using it. Alongside this are some adaptable versions of the tools and examples of how they have been used within street-connected young people focused organisations in the UK, Uganda and India, including the audio tour.


The purpose of this research is to share ideas and learning with others who might find it useful to creatively develop the tools and adapt them to fit different contexts or to help them to create entirely new or different tools to suit their needs. The tools are not intended to be used exactly as they are presented here, and most of the tools in this toolkit are originally adaptations of other methodologies themselves.


Please do get in contact if you adapt or use any of the tools and want to also share your case studies or adaptable tools in this space too.

Theory of change –  is a tool that shows an organisation’s path from impact to outcomes (long and short term) to activities. It describes the change you want to make and the steps you believe should be involved in making that change happen.

Tree of change – is a group activity that can explore one or more changes that a group of stakeholders identify as having been important.

Wellbeing – helps you to think about which indicators might be important for you to measure against as an organisation to see if your programme is having the intended effect.

Wheel of attribution – A tool to look at attribution and how much of a change can be attributed to you.

Turning Point Poetry – This is a creative tool to use with young people. It will help them to try to reflect and understand; their history and where they have come from, their current situation and where they are now, have there been any big changes they can identify in their