Different models of Impact
The discussion thus far shows that models of impact, ways of measuring impact, vary between the ‘Global North’ (Western Culture) and ‘Global South’. Simply look at the difference between Indian based Video Volunteers (comment) in and USA based WITNESS (comment) in the Evaluating and Assessing Impact thread and it becomes clear.
Often, the predominant models of impact are based upon Western culture, which does not account for differing conditions in the ‘Global South’. Freedom of speech, freedom of press, differing political situations, availability of distribution channels, transparency of power relations, oppression, risks involved, and differing cultures all play a role in determining how impact is, or should be, measured.
- Can you share experiences of ways you have measured impact which are unique to the specific context you were or are working within?
- What might models for measuring impact in the ‘Global South’ look like? How would they differ from those used in the ‘Global North’ or Western cultures?