Impact Pathways

An impact pathway is a logical framework used to measure inputs, outputs, and outcomes against stated activities or occurrences. In particular, it illustrates a ‘theory of change’, demonstrating how access to mobile services for development can bring about short, medium, and long term change that improves lives.

Populating Impact Pathway

  • Develop draft pathways: The MDI team and PwC designed a blueprint pathway and identified key indicators related to international development outcomes.
  • Define literature: GSMA sector teams identified key literature to use to catalogue quantitative and qualitative development results to be populated in the impact pathway.
  • Review literature: A team of researchers from PwC undertook a review of the literature provided to extract and tag all relevant data points and categorise according to the agreed development outcome indicators.
  • Summarise results: The results communicate concentrations of outcome results as well as gaps.

Key Definitions

Situational analysis context

The impact pathway starts with a statement of the situation, communicating the context and relevance of the project. It is intended to frame a certain problem and describe how a specific service and sub-service are designed to address the problem.

Enabling environment

The enabling environment describes the inputs that are required to provide the service. This includes both tangible physical investments such as hardware, equipment, and infrastructure, as well as intangible inputs such as government regulation or consumer demand.

Initiatives

Initiatives are the activities being implemented, or outputs being measured, generated by the service.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Short-term outcomes refer to immediate or knowledge-related outcomes characterised by changes in awareness, feelings, skills, attitudes or motivations.

Actions

Medium-term outcomes refer to action-related outcomes characterised by changes in behaviours, practices, policies or procedures.

Conditions

Long-term outcomes or changes in conditions are characterised by changes in situations, which can include environment, social conditions, economic conditions and political conditions.

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