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List of frameworks and data sets

by Global Value Exchange

Jul 28, 2016

This page lists some of the frameworks and data sets hosted by the Global Value Exchange. Everything on this page can be accessed publicly for free via the search box, but we also have an API if you would like the metrics to be provided in a machine-readable format. You can learn more about our API here.

Would you like to add your own framework or data set to the Global Value Exchange? Do you know of any impact measurement metrics our users would find useful? Contact the team here!

National TOMs Framework 2018

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Measures of National Well-being

"The dashboard provides a visual overview of the data and can be explored by the areas of life (domains) or by the direction of change. It supports the Measuring National Well-being programme which provides a more detailed look at life in the UK.

We assess change over a short term (1 year) and long term (3 year) basis. Change is assessed over a 1 year basis in the dashboard below, however trend information can be found below in the graphs for each indicator.

The latest update provides a broadly positive picture of life in the UK, with the majority of indicators either improving or staying the same over the 1 year period. Areas of life that are improving include: satisfaction with our lives, jobs, health and leisure time. One area deteriorated over the 1 year – waste from households that is recycled."

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European Pillar of Social Rights

This set of 20 key principles gives policy-makers a framework for delivering rights for EU citizens across three categories:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
  • Fair working conditions
  • Social protection and inclusion
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Benefits of corporate volunteering

This framework details some of the potential benefits of corporate volunteering on employees, employers and the community. It has been adapted from "Exploring the Whole Value of Corporate Volunteering".

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Gender Development Index (GDI)

"The GDI measures gender gaps in human development achievements by accounting for disparities between women and men in three basic dimensions of human development—health, knowledge and living standards using the same component indicators as in the HDI. The GDI is the ratio of the HDIs calculated separately for females and males using the same methodology as in the HDI. It is a direct measure of gender gap showing the female HDI as a percentage of the male HDI

The GDI is calculated for 160 countries. Countries are grouped into five groups based on the absolute deviation from gender parity in HDI values. This means that grouping takes equally into consideration gender gaps favoring males, as well as those favoring females.

The GDI shows how much women are lagging behind their male counterparts and how much women need to catch up within each dimension of human development. It is useful for understanding the real gender gap in human development achievements and is informative to design policy tools to close the gap."

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Gender Inequality Index (GII)

"The GII is an inequality index. It measures gender inequalities in three important aspects of human development—reproductive health, measured by maternal mortality ratio and adolescent birth rates; empowerment, measured by proportion of parliamentary seats occupied by females and proportion of adult females and males aged 25 years and older with at least some secondary education; and economic status, expressed as labour market participation and measured by labour force participation rate of female and male populations aged 15 years and older. The GII is built on the same framework as the IHDI—to better expose differences in the distribution of achievements between women and men. It measures the human development costs of gender inequality. Thus the higher the GII value the more disparities between females and males and the more loss to human development.

The GII sheds new light on the position of women in 159 countries; it yields insights in gender gaps in major areas of human development. The component indicators highlight areas in need of critical policy intervention and it stimulates proactive thinking and public policy to overcome systematic disadvantages of women."

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Positive Peace Index

"The Positive Peace Index measures the level of Positive Peace in 162 countries from 2005 to 2015. The index has been constructed based on IEP's statistical analysis of over 4,700 variables to identify the attitudes, institutions and structures characteristic of the world's most peaceful countries."

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Global Youth Wellbeing Index

"To offer a comprehensive view of successes and gaps for youth worldwide, the 2017 Global Youth Wellbeing Index includes 29 countries and covers seven domains: gender equality, economic opportunity, education, health, citizen participation, safety and security, and information and communication technology. With data gathered from international sources and a direct survey of young people globally, the Index offers decision-makers a way of identifying and understanding opportunities for critical youth investments."

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English Indices of Deprivation

"The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:
· Income Deprivation
· Employment Deprivation
· Education, Skills and Training Deprivation
· Health Deprivation and Disability
· Crime
· Barriers to Housing and Services
· Living Environment Deprivation
Each of these domains is based on a basket of indicators."

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UN Global Compact's Ten Principles

"Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption."

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Happy City Index

"Happy City Index is a progress report on the conditions for wellbeing at a city level. It helps decision makers understand and assess the determinants of wellbeing and establishes the foundation for better decisions and resource use for improving lives."

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Progress out of Poverty Index – Grameen Foundation

"The Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor. The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line – or above by only a narrow margin. With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor or vulnerable to poverty, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making."

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"The [Kering] EP&L has given us a new way to look at our business, uncovering opportunities that would have otherwise remained invisible innovating our business models, improving our processes' efficiency and reducing our environmental impact. Kering now want to enable more companies to develop their own EP&L, which is why we are open-sourcing our methodology."

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The Journey to Employment (JET) Framework

"The JET framework is designed to help charities think through how their work contributes to young people’s employability, and plan approaches to evaluation.

Based on evidence from the literature and insights from consultation with experts, we have identified seven groups of factors (view here) that contribute to successful job outcomes for young people: personal circumstances; emotional capabilities; attitudes to work; employability skills; qualifications, education and training; experience and involvement; and career management skills.

The framework presents a series of indicators and tools covering each of these aspects. The tools have been drawn together from existing sources, and reflect our assessment of robustness, cost, and ease of use."

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Global Goals for Sustainable Development

"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet.

“Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. “The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. In many ways, it reflects what UNDP was created for.”"

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Economy for the Common Good Balance Sheet

"The Common Good Balance Sheet measures success by new standards:

Increasing the common good becomes the main goal, not simply financial gain.

The contribution to the common good is assessed and scored through the Common Good Matrix. It allows a systematic examination of all activities from a 360° perspective and really focuses on the essentials:

• What impact are economic activities having on the general quality of life, today and for future generations?
• What attention is being paid to human dignity?
• Is social justice being promoted?
• Is environmental sustainability assured?
• Are business goals achieved democratically and through cooperation?
• How transparent is the process?

Points are only awarded for such activities, which go beyond the fulfillment of the legal minimum standard."

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Equality Measurement Framework

"The Commission worked with the Government Equalities Office (GEO), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and a range of other stakeholders and subject experts to develop a measurement framework that can be used to assess equality and human rights across a range of domains relevant to 21st century life.

These domains focus directly on those things in life that people say are important for them to actually do and be. The framework monitors the central and valuable things in life that people actually achieve - such as enjoying an adequate standard of living, being healthy, having good opportunities for education and learning, enjoying legal security, and being free from crime and the fear of crime. It is particularly concerned with the position of individuals and groups with regard to characteristics such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender and social class."

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Outcomes Star

"Outcomes Stars are holistic and empowering tools that are designed to meet the need for outcomes measurement  whilst also improving keywork for service users, services and commissioners. There are over 30 different versions of the Star, each tailored to a specific sector and co-created with services and service users."

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The TEEB Valuation Database

"Within the context of the TEEB-project (2008-2010) the authors of the global overview of the “Estimates of monetary values of ecosystem services”, supported by many ESP-members (esp. the Biome Expert leads) and TEEB researchers developed a database on monetary values of ecosystem services which now contains over 1350 data-points from over 300 case studies. After the release of the TEEB Valuation Database in 2010, the authors continued to develop the database, both in terms of content and design, under the name “Ecosystem Services Valuation Database” (ESVD). This database will be developed further as one of the main ESP activities, in close collaboration with the biome expert group, the valuation thematic working group, the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership and the Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit (Earth Economics)."

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New Economy Unit Cost Database

"This unit cost database brings together more than 600 cost estimates in a single place, most of which are national costs derived from government reports and academic studies. The costs cover crime, education & skills, employment & economy, fire, health, housing and social services. The derivation of the costs and the calculations underpinning them have been quality assured by New Economy in co-operation with HM Government. These costs can be used to inform proposals for the implementation of new interventions, the redesign of public services or their evaluation. Having access to such information helps project managers to forecast the costs and benefits associated with their programme or project, prior to the undertaking of more detailed Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)."

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NICE indicators

"NICE indicators generally measure outcomes that reflect the quality of care or processes linked by evidence to improved outcomes. Outcomes are ideally, but not always, related to NICE quality standards. Process indicators are evidence based and underpinned by NICE quality standards, NICE guidance or NICE accredited guidance.

Indicators from the NICE programme differ from quality measures within NICE quality standards because they have been through a formal process of testing against agreed criteria to ensure they are appropriate for national comparative assessment. Quality measures are not formally tested and are often intended to be adapted for use at a local level for local quality improvement. The term ‘NICE indicator’ is used in this guide to describe outputs of this formal process."

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IRIS 4.0

"IRIS metrics are designed to measure the social, environmental, and financial performance of an investment. In addition to the online catalog, many users find these Excel files useful in developing their templates and designing their impact measurement program. You can also find previous versions of the catalog, and guides for updating your metric selections."

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HACT Social Value Bank

"HACT, working with with Daniel Fujiwara, have created the largest bank of methodologically consistent and robust social values ever produced. The values can provide a basic assessment of social impact, provide evidence of value for money, and compare the impact of different programmes. The values can also be used within a full SROI or Cost-Benefit Analysis.  The Social Value Bank represents a major step forward in the quality of resources available to those seeking to place a social value on community-focused activity. It is available for housing providers to use at no cost."

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority Social Value Policy

"The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is an association of all 10 Greater Manchester councils working together for the benefit of the region. It has published a Social Value Policy in response to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2014. The Policy sets out how councils can increase the prosperity of their local communities through procurement activity. STAR Procurement has created a simple overview document which provides further guidance.

The objectives of the GMCA Social Value Policy are:

• Create new employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities to address unemployment and develop skills in the local community.
• Raise the living standards of local residents, for example sourcing employees from within local communities, payment of a living wage, or maximising access to entitlements such as childcare.
• Encouraging resident and business involvement to promote active and more healthy communities.
• Strengthen the ability of voluntary groups to provide support within their own communities on a range of services that can no longer be funded by traditional means.
• Promote fairness and equity to address disadvantage and deprivation in local communities.
• Promote environmental sustainability in order to reduce waste, limit energy consumption, reduce pollution and use sustainable products."

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Global Youth Development Index (YDI)

"The YDI is a composite index of 18 indicators that collectively measure multi-dimensional progress on youth development in 183 countries, including 49 of the 53 Commonwealth countries. It has five domains measuring levels of education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people. The YDI is guided by the Commonwealth definition of youth as people between the ages of 15 and 29, while recognising that some countries and international institutions define youth differently."

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Women and Power – Database of Indicators (ODI)

"The database outlines a range of indicators of women’s voice, leadership and decision-making that have been proposed and provides links and details of existing sources of this data. It was compiled using three major sources of data (i) generic global social, political and economic indicator sets compiled by international organisations; (ii) specific global women’s empowerment indicator sets compiled by international organisations; and (iii) indicators used by academic papers, grey literature and evaluation reports."

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Washington State Institute for Public Policy Benefit-Cost Model

"The model is designed to produce, for the Washington State Legislature, internally consistent estimates of the benefits and costs of various public policies. WSIPP built its first benefit- cost model in 1997 to determine  whether juvenile justice programs that have been shown to reduce crime can also pass an economic test. In subsequent years, as WSIPP received new research assignments from the Washington State Legislature, the benefit-cost model was revised and expanded to cover additional public policy topics. As of this writing, the legislature or the WSIPP Board of  Directors has asked WSIPP to use the benefit-cost model to identify effective public in the following public policy areas:

• Criminal and juvenile justice
• K – 12  and early education
• Child welfare
• Substance abuse
• Mental health
• Public health
• Public assistance
• Employment and workforce development
• Health care
• General prevention
• Higher education"

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HM Government Social Justice Outcomes Framework

"The social justice outcomes framework highlights our priorities, how we plan to measure progress, and what we want to achieve.

The pursuit of a fairer society is not an easy or short-term task. Sustained improvement to the life chances of disadvantaged families and individuals will take years, not months. The outcomes framework will help to ensure that social justice remains at the forefront of government policy as changes take effect.

We have published a series of reports showing how we are achieving the outcomes set out in this framework. We will update these reports regularly."

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NHS Outcomes Framework 2016/17

"The NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF) is a set of indicators developed by the Department of Health to monitor the health outcomes of adults and children in England. The framework provides an overview of how the NHS is performing."

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Big Society Capital Outcome Matrix

"The outcomes matrix represents a map of need in the UK. It has been designed from a beneficiary perspective and includes nine outcome areas which reflect what a person needs to have a full and happy life. Each outcome area has a set of related measures to assess social impact at the individual level and for community, sector and society. The outcomes matrix and measures are a tool to help social investment financial intermediaries (SIFI’s) and social sector organizations to plan, measure and learn about their social impact. It aims to develop common ground and language regarding social investment and impact assessment in the social sector. The outcomes and measures are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive but should provide a helpful starting point for organisations to measure their social impact."

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Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

"GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest."

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TCdata360 (The World Bank)

"TCdata360 is an initiative of the World Bank Group's Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, which helps countries achieve the Bank Group's twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, through rapid and broad-based economic growth, centered on strong contributions from the private sector. It makes use of hundreds of economic and social indicators to create an index of information to help businesses achieve these goals."

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City Resilience Index

"Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the City Resilience Index (CRI) is being developed by Arup. It builds on extensive research undertaken by Arup to establish an accessible, evidence-based definition of urban resilience, which culminated in the publication of the City Resilience Framework (CRF) in April 2014 ( This provides a holistic articulation of city resilience, structured around four dimensions and 12 goals that are critical for the resilience of our cities. This structure also forms the foundations of the CRI."

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International Finance Corporation (IFC)

"IFC’s Sustainability Framework articulates the Corporation’s strategic commitment to sustainable development, and is an integral part of IFC’s approach to risk management. The Sustainability Framework comprises IFC’s Policy and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, and IFC’s Access to Information Policy. The Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability describes IFC’s commitments, roles, and responsibilities related to environmental and social sustainability.

Together, the eight Performance Standards establish standards that the client is to meet throughout the life of an investment by IFC:

• Performance Standard 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts Performance
• Performance Standard 2: Labor and Working Conditions
• Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention
• Performance Standard 4: Community Health, Safety, and Security
• Performance Standard 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement
• Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
• Performance Standard 7: Indigenous Peoples
• Performance Standard 8: Cultural Heritage"

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Millennium Development Goals

"The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The UN is also working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda."

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(Please note that the Millennium Development Goals have been superseded by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development).

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