Education Standard

The Education Standard spans all forms of educational programming - early childhood, STEM, K-12, student academic achievement, teacher effectiveness, social & emotional learning, school environment, college persistence & success and college & career readiness. It is organized by outcomes or desired social changes. This Genome also covers secondary or “adjacent” outcomes such as employment, health, crime, youth development, financial stability and entrepreneurship.

Our Data Standard

Impact Taxonomies

The Registry is built on advanced Impact Genome Standards.


Universal program goals (what the program is trying to achieve)

Program Features

Universal program design elements or mechanisms (what the program does)


Universal demographic types or program beneficiaries (who the program serves)


Universal environmental conditions or variables (where the program operates)


Universal measurement of dosage and fidelity to the intervention model (how the program operates)


Evidence Based & Peer Reviewed
College and Career Readiness

High School Completion

The attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or other high school equivalency or demonstration of on-track status.

College Access and Readiness

The attainment of knowledge and skills (both cognitive and non-cognitive) that prepare students to be ready for success in college (e.g. college options, college finances, college completion).

College Persistence and Completion

The attainment of grades, financial resources, and credits necessary to be on-track for or complete a college degree.

Career Access and Readiness

The attainment of the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to identify and acquire a sustainable, living wage position (e.g., marketable skills, skills to find a job, knowledge of job placement services, certifications, education, internship experience, etc.).
Early Childhood Education

Development of Tools for Active Learning

The demonstration of increased ability to focus attention, persist, self-direct learning, and use reasoning and executive functioning skills.

Mathematics and Science Knowledge Gains

The demonstration of gains in knowledge and application of mathematics (e.g., numbers and sequence; shapes; patterns) or scientific process skills (e.g., physical and life sciences; observation; measurement; classification).

Oral Language and Emergent Literacy Gains

The demonstration of gains in oral language skills (e.g., phonological awareness, appropriate use of vocabulary, following and constructing narratives) and emergent literacy skills (e.g., concepts of print, letter recognition, identification of print letters).

Social and Emotional Gains

The demonstration of gains in sense of self and others, in social and emotional competence, or reduction in behavior problems.
K-12 Student Achievement

Improved Academic Skills

The demonstration of improved cognitive skills and self-regulation (e.g., critical thinking, working memory, creative thinking) or organizational and study skills (e.g., time management, planning, task persistence).

Improved Academic Performance

The demonstration of growth in scores or levels of proficiency on standards-based or norm-referenced assessments, higher course grades or GPA, or new or increased enrollment in rigorous coursework (e.g., new AP, IB, or Honors course).

Improved Academic Attitudes, Beliefs, and Motivations

The demonstration of improved attitudes towards school and motivational beliefs (e.g., school-valuing, academic identity, self-efficacy, mastery orientation, perseverance).

Attendance and Persistence in School

The demonstration of improved school attendance or persistence to the next grade.
Quality of Education

Effective School Leadership

The demonstration of highly effective school leadership (e.g., effective, certified school leaders, professional development opportunities, effective planning and coordination, measurable goals for student achievement, accountability measures, culture of learning at school, parent and community involvement, shared leadership, etc.).

Effective Teachers

The demonstration of improved teaching methods and self-directed professional development.

Equitable Education

The demonstration of an equitable education for students of all backgrounds, genders, races, achievement levels and diverse student needs (e.g., attendance at all education levels, equitable funding for high poverty schools, equal proportions of highly certified teachers for all students etc., equitable student achievement, etc.).

Positive School Environment

The demonstration of a positive school environment (e.g., safe, supportive and academically challenging climate, inclusive school community, engaging instructional environments, etc.).

STEM Interest

The demonstration of increased interest and/or engagement in STEM or STEM-related activities and education.

STEM Persistence

The demonstration of continued interest of ongoing STEM-related activities/programs (e.g., retention in STEM coursework, declaration of STEM majors, graduation in STEM majors, pursuit of STEM careers, etc.).

STEM Proficiency

The demonstration of proficiency in skills, content knowledge, practices, and behaviors in relevant STEM topics aligned with the expectations and standards of proficiency for a given age / grade level, as well as in less formal learning contexts.

STEM Identity & Self-Efficacy

The demonstration of confidence in one's ability to obtain STEM knowledge and pursue a STEM career.
Impact Standards

Program Overview

The Impact Genome's Verified Impact Standard is the world's leading standard for verifying the outcomes of social programs. To date, the world has not had a common definition of what it means to achieve an outcome - every social program currently adopts its own metrics. Our Impact Standards have been peer-reviewed, evidence-based and reported against by thousands of social programs. The Standards enable any program to report their outcomes in a standardized way, including beneficiaries served, context, program design and implementation. Program claims are backed up by evidence and independently verified by the Impact Genome Registry.

Our Methodology

Our peer-reviewed Verified Impact Standards were developed though a rigorous, evidence-based process. To learn more about it, see our methodology paper here.

Independent Verification

All social programs reporting against the Verified Impact Standards will submit evidence sufficient to back up their claims. This evidence is reviewed by the Impact Genome's SIA evaluators and reported into the Impact Genome Registry.

Stored in Impact Genome Registry

A publicly-accessible registry of 2.2 million global programs that are searchable by outcomes, components, beneficiaries and contexts, making social programs more discoverable and impact data actionable.


With standardization, benchmarking in social impact is finally possible. Impact Verified programs can be benchmarked against peers for effectiveness, Cost Per Outcome, impact footprint, program intensity, core components, and evidence quality.
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