Public Health Standard

The Public Health Standard spans all forms of public health programming, including social determinants of health, patient advocacy, domestic violence, mental health, reproductive health, substance abuse and prevention and obesity. It covers a broad range of outcomes related to population health interventions, including promoting healthy behaviors, disease prevention and management and community health. It is organized by outcomes or desired social changes. This Genome also connects social determinants of health such as employment, education, hunger and housing to health outcomes.

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
Healthcare Access & Advocacy

Access to Preventative Healthcare

Gaining access to preventative health services.

Health Empowerment

The attainment of positive attitudes, improved self-efficacy, and improved decision-making power related to health.

Healthcare Utilization

Gaining access to short and long-term healthcare treatment services.

Health Literacy & Knowledge

The demonstration of health literacy and knowledge about disease prevention and management.

Patient Adherence

The demonstration of adhering to health advice (use of medications, monitoring symptoms, caring for a health condition, etc.).
Mental Health

Improved Mental Well-Being

The attainment of an improved sense of mental well-being.

Reduce Stigma

The attainment of social acceptance and support of individuals with disabilities.

Manage Mental Health

The demonstration of consistent patterns of behavior to manage their mental health and improve day-to-day functioning.

Access to Services and Supports

Gaining access to adequate, accessible services and supports best aligned to an individual's needs.
Intimate Partner Health

Healthy Relationships

The attainment of knowledge to prevent and respond to violence in intimate relationships (e.g., ability to identify and diffuse potentially violent situations, knowledge of relevant resources, behaviors to challenge rape myths, etc.).

Identify and Refer Survivors

The attainment of successful identification of individuals who have experienced domestic violence (e.g., through screenings at health clinics) and referral to relevant services.

Reduce Domestic Violence Recurrence

The attainment of a pattern of safe behaviour to reduce subsequent episodes of intimate partner violence.

Survivor Well-Being, Independence, and Financial Empowerment

The attainment of reduced levels of trauma-related symptoms and demonstrated improvements in financial and residential stability (e.g., sustainable employment, increased financial literacy, stable housing, etc.).

Reduce Perpetrator Recidivism

The demonstration of cessation of any subsequent acts of violence.
Obesity Prevention

Reduce Obesity

The attainment of knowledge of healthy patterns of behaviour (i.e., nutrition, fitness), leading to attainment of a BMI that is at a healthy level.

Physical Fitness

The demonstration of a sustained pattern of physical activity and reduced sedentary activity.

Healthy Food Consumption and Behavior

The demonstration of healthy food behavior, including nutritious food preparation and consumption.
Reproductive Health

Sexual Health Empowerment

The attainment of the knowledge, support, and rights to make their own sexual and reproductive health choices (e.g., knowledge of anatomy, access to contraceptives, reproductive health counselling, safe and legal abortion services, rights and safety for LGBTQ, freedom from sexual harassment, abuse and violations, etc.).

Reduce Unwanted Teen Pregnancy

The attainment of the knowledge and support to avoid unwanted pregnancies (e.g., risks of unsafe sexual behaviours, access to and use of contraceptives, sexual choice and choice to remain abstinent, etc.).

Reduce Incidence of STIs and STDs

The attainment of the knowledge and support to avoid risks of sexually transmitted infections / diseases (STIs/STDs) (e.g., risks of unsafe sexual behaviours, access to and use of contraceptives, access to clean medical needles and tools, etc.) and access to services and medicine to identify and treat STIs/STDs.

Maternal Health

The attainment of the health care and status necessary to birth a healthy child, survive childbirth, and achieve postpartum health and support to care for a child.

Infant Health

The attainment of the health care and status necessary to avoid risks of early infancy (premature or low-weight birth, premature or low-weight birth, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), etc.) and to survive infancy to reach their first birthday.
Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior

Patient Quality of Life

Gaining access to adequate support systems and resources that help to alleviate substance abuse related psychological symptoms and support the development of independent living skills.

Reduce Substance Abuse

The demonstration of the reduction or cessation of unhealthy behaviors (i.e., smoking, drug and alcohol abuse).

Reduce Behavioural Addictions

The demonstration of improved addiction support systems through the elimination of unhealthy non-substance related additions (i.e., gambling, internet, sex addictions).

Prevent Substance Abuse

The demonstration of improved attitudes, intentions, and self-efficacy towards substance abuse, leading to a reduced rate of substance use (e.g., smoking, drinking, drug usage, etc.).
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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