Youth Development Standard

The Youth Development Standard spans all programming related to youth civic engagement, youth leadership, life skills, reducing risky behaviors and social and emotional skills. It is organized by outcomes or desired social changes. This Genome also covers secondary or “adjacent” outcomes such as education, crime, employment, entrepreneurship, health and STEM.

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
Youth Development

Improved Social-Emotional Skills

The demonstration of skills that support social-emotional development (self-regulation, communication, empathy, responsible decision making, respect, leadership, etc.).

Positive Identity Development

The attainment of a clear and positive view of oneself and sense of personal agency.

Increased Knowledge of Civics and Social Responsibility

The demonstration of increased knowledge of civics and social responsibility.

Responsible Decision-Making

The demonstration of responsible decision-making (making informed judgements, anticipating the consequences of one’s actions, 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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