Quick Guide to the Common Approach

Common Foundations

The Common Foundations outline the five essential practices that are common to impact measurement tools and frameworks and which are a minimum standard 

Common Framework

The Common Framework tells you what to measure and can be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or other frameworks. 

Common Form

The Common Form will make it easier for organizations to apply for grants by entering their core organizational information once. 

Common Impact Data Standard

The Common Impact Data Standard makes it possible to integrate software for better mobility and analysis of data with social purpose organizations – or across a collective or network. 


The Common Approach is a Community-Driven impact measurement standard that is created for – and governed by – social purpose organizations. 

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