The Impact Management System (IMS) is Fair Trade USA’s approach to defining, measuring and communicating the impact of our model. It includes the organization’s Theory of Change and the indicators, processes, and technologies used to monitor and report on progress over time.
The objectives of the IMS are:
- Define the impact that Fair Trade USA aims to achieve and the methodology of measuring it
- Evaluate the effectiveness of program activities (e.g. standards, market support, consumer activation programs) in realizing goals and desired outcomes
- Use our evaluation to refine our program to improve results
- Communicate the change Fair Trade is enabling for producers, businesses and consumers
Click here to download a document that provides a high-level overview of the whole IMS system, and goes deeper on the impact for producers. Future iterations will include more information on our approach to defining and measuring the impact of fair trade for businesses and consumers.