How do you measure impact?

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What is this?

We want to create buildings, brands, and shared experience with fresh eyes – yours.

These questions relate to what we're asking ourselves in each of our offices. If you see something that sparks your curiosity, tell us what you think. You can check out other people's contributions by viewing all responses.

A single comment, a debate or a consensus could cause a shift, that shifts everything.

Welcome to the conversation.

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  1. How do you measure impact?
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    It depends
  2. How do you measure impact?
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    through gravity
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    village core
  4. How do you measure impact?
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    through the difference it makes in people's lives
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    the same way one would hope to view their bank account on the + side.
  6. How do you measure impact?
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    Outcomes
  7. How do you measure impact?
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    By the lasting impression it has
  8. How do you measure impact?
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    measure
  9. How do you measure impact?
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    hamburgers
  10. How do you measure impact?
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    facial expression
  11. How do you measure impact?
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    by counting the number of people that do or don't: go, eat, use, buy, listen, recommend, take a photo, share, change, etc. any possible "thing, item, activity, moment..."
  12. How do you measure impact?
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    Creating lasting memories.
  13. How do you measure impact?
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    gum
  14. How do you measure impact?
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    gut feeling
  15. How do you measure impact?
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    Know thyself
  16. How do you measure impact?
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    Awareness
  17. How do you measure impact?
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    help
  18. How do you measure impact?
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    people happiness
  19. How do you measure impact?
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    With emotions
  20. How do you measure impact?
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    tears
  21. How do you measure impact?
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    testing ideas
  22. How do you measure impact?
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    Desirable outcomes
  23. How do you measure impact?
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    based on emotional response
  24. How do you measure impact?
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    degrees of jaw-drop
  25. How do you measure impact?
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    I assess impact based on quality and quantity metrics.
  26. How do you measure impact?
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    By acts of kindness
  27. How do you measure impact?
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    Who are we
  28. How do you measure impact?
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    improved quality of life for all
  29. How do you measure impact?
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    healthy humans
  30. How do you measure impact?
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    health
  31. How do you measure impact?
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    By having a useful website. Which you do not
  32. How do you measure impact?
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    community engagement
  33. How do you measure impact?
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    Through a collaborative and iterative process.
  34. How do you measure impact?
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    the level of destruction
  35. How do you measure impact?
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    joy
  36. How do you measure impact?
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    Through legacy, both visible and invisible.
  37. How do you measure impact?
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    size of impression
  38. How do you measure impact?
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    lasting change
  39. How do you measure impact?
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    Here we go, here we go, satellite radio Y'all gettin' hit with boom boom
  40. How do you measure impact?
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    start typing
  41. How do you measure impact?
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    idea over time
  42. How do you measure impact?
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    Across the spectrum of ability to disability.
  43. How do you measure impact?
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    smile
  44. How do you measure impact?
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    smiles per hour
  45. How do you measure impact?
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    boom
  46. How do you measure impact?
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    The ability to inspire and bring change!
  47. How do you measure impact?
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    number of people who take note of your action
  48. How do you measure impact?
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    One person at a time!
  49. How do you measure impact?
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    esg
  50. How do you measure impact?
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    With some activity I undertake, I look to see whose lives have been (or can be) positively improved, and how far reaching (and or deep) that action is. The further the reach, or the more deeply that something connects, the stronger the impact.
  51. How do you measure impact?
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    Energy
  52. How do you measure impact?
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    Actual material impact, not performative rhetoric and self-promotion
  53. How do you measure impact?
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    by the way it comes out
  54. How do you measure impact?
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    aasdfhas
  55. How do you measure impact?
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    environmental damage
  56. How do you measure impact?
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    richter scale
  57. How do you measure impact?
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    Reseach
  58. How do you measure impact?
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    nkjnkj
  59. How do you measure impact?
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    metric tons
  60. How do you measure impact?
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    by the outcome & involvement
  61. How do you measure impact?
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    hi
  62. How do you measure impact?
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    adapted innovation
  63. How do you measure impact?
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    rulers
  64. How do you measure impact?
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    passive house
  65. How do you measure impact?
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    You feel it emanating and growing within your body.
  66. How do you measure impact?
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    longer lives
  67. How do you measure impact?
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    water consumption
  68. How do you measure impact?
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    The change that it creates
  69. How do you measure impact?
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    UBC
  70. How do you measure impact?
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    feelings
  71. How do you measure impact?
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    How it makes people around it feel
  72. How do you measure impact?
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    reduction of volume
  73. How do you measure impact?
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    share
  74. How do you measure impact?
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    environmental
  75. How do you measure impact?
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    by reactions
  76. How do you measure impact?
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    vibes!
  77. How do you measure impact?
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    reaction to what is being done
  78. How do you measure impact?
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    by its positive reach
  79. How do you measure impact?
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    42
  80. How do you measure impact?
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    Legacy
  81. How do you measure impact?
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    with an impact ruler
  82. How do you measure impact?
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    inclusivity
  83. How do you measure impact?
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    changed behavior
  84. How do you measure impact?
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    how many people have strong opinions about it
  85. How do you measure impact?
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    engagement
  86. How do you measure impact?
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    Kindness
  87. How do you measure impact?
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    Impact is measured by the legacy that a person leaves for themselves to others, be it good or bad. Usually, the better the legacy, the better the impact, however such isn't always the case. Someone could be generous and donate to big-name charity events, however, still throw litter out onto a national park.
  88. How do you measure impact?
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    change in human behaviour
  89. How do you measure impact?
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    through feedback & engagement
  90. How do you measure impact?
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    kindergarden
  91. How do you measure impact?
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    1000
  92. How do you measure impact?
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    by results
  93. How do you measure impact?
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    integrate force over time
  94. How do you measure impact?
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    How the things/beings change in response to _________
  95. How do you measure impact?
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    by making a comparison between what would have happened differently inn the absence of a certain output and estimating a cause-effect relationship.
  96. How do you measure impact?
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    interviews
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    impression
  98. How do you measure impact?
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    with a yardstick
  99. How do you measure impact?
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    by observing the deformation
  100. How do you measure impact?
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    unity
  101. How do you measure impact?
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    by reaction
  102. How do you measure impact?
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    integrity
  103. How do you measure impact?
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    wayfinding
  104. How do you measure impact?
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    does it promote equitable human flourishing?
  105. How do you measure impact?
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    Numbers
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    Movement
  107. How do you measure impact?
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    responsible resource extraction
  108. How do you measure impact?
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    by the response
  109. How do you measure impact?
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    through emotions
  110. How do you measure impact?
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    with metrics
  111. How do you measure impact?
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    Remembering visuals that made it to that stage.
  112. How do you measure impact?
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    when effects are felt in everyday tasks
  113. How do you measure impact?
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    life cycle analysis
  114. How do you measure impact?
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    voice
  115. How do you measure impact?
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    number of buildings that cause people to question
  116. How do you measure impact?
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    number of people who notice the needs of others
  117. How do you measure impact?
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    number of thoughts which are positive vs negative
  118. How do you measure impact?
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    number of expresso shots in a day
  119. How do you measure impact?
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    number of hours spent typing on the hcma blog
  120. How do you measure impact?
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    number of Covid 19 cases averted
  121. How do you measure impact?
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    number of angry people subdued
  122. How do you measure impact?
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    number of walks along a beach
  123. How do you measure impact?
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    number of bagels eaten
  124. How do you measure impact?
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    number of posts a day
  125. How do you measure impact?
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    number of architects who speak up
  126. How do you measure impact?
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    number of confusing websites engaged
  127. How do you measure impact?
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    number of wars averted
  128. How do you measure impact?
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    number of meaningful questioned asked
  129. How do you measure impact?
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    number of heads turned
  130. How do you measure impact?
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    number of social housing units delivered
  131. How do you measure impact?
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    Action
  132. How do you measure impact?
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    Before and after comparison
  133. How do you measure impact?
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    projects
  134. How do you measure impact?
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    cannabis
  135. How do you measure impact?
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    Audience response
  136. How do you measure impact?
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    smilies
  137. How do you measure impact?
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    through joy
  138. How do you measure impact?
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    passion
  139. How do you measure impact?
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    Hillcrest Centre Vancouver
  140. How do you measure impact?
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    public response
  141. How do you measure impact?
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    transformation
  142. How do you measure impact?
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    don't know
  143. How do you measure impact?
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    mountain climbing
  144. How do you measure impact?
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    west end community centre
  145. How do you measure impact?
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    List of staff
  146. How do you measure impact?
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    on reflection
  147. How do you measure impact?
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    adoption rate
  148. How do you measure impact?
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    through reaction
  149. How do you measure impact?
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    KE=\frac{1]{2}mv^2
  150. How do you measure impact?
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    Love
  151. How do you measure impact?
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    depending on the consequences that it causes
  152. How do you measure impact?
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    Anyone can make a difference. When every person takes accountability for their actions towards creating a better environment, it is no longer called impact, it is a way of life.
  153. How do you measure impact?
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    Anyone can make a difference. When every person takes accountability for their actions towards creating a better environment, it is no longer called impact, it is a way of life.
  154. How do you measure impact?
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    through changes in lived experience at the community and individual levels.
  155. How do you measure impact?
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    By the want of people to return to the space over and over again.
  156. How do you measure impact?
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    level of change.
  157. How do you measure impact?
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    Historically? It would seem that perspective allows for measuring. 1mm can't measure a metre. You're going to have to bend space and time.
  158. How do you measure impact?
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    by how people respond
  159. How do you measure impact?
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    when learning takes place
  160. How do you measure impact?
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    progress
  161. How do you measure impact?
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    Change in people's lives
  162. How do you measure impact?
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    By the resulting change in behaviors of people and in the positive or negative change in the surrounding environment.
  163. How do you measure impact?
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    scale
  164. How do you measure impact?
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    dedication
  165. How do you measure impact?
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    you just do
  166. How do you measure impact?
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    inspiration
  167. How do you measure impact?
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    stats
  168. How do you measure impact?
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    alley oop
  169. How do you measure impact?
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    laser tool
  170. How do you measure impact?
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    statistics
  171. How do you measure impact?
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    intern
  172. How do you measure impact?
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    with a ruler!!!
  173. How do you measure impact?
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    reach
  174. How do you measure impact?
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    in trees
  175. How do you measure impact?
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    Score
  176. How do you measure impact?
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    Self awareness
  177. How do you measure impact?
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    with a tape measure
  178. How do you measure impact?
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    making a positive difference in the lives of people
  179. How do you measure impact?
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    From deep within: When efforts/behaviors/actions create uplifting sense of well-being among those impacted
  180. How do you measure impact?
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    Dollars
  181. How do you measure impact?
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    By living with integrity
  182. How do you measure impact?
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    gallery
  183. How do you measure impact?
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    results & change
  184. How do you measure impact?
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    Impact can be personal or collective, and is measured by change witnessed or experienced in a person, place or community. - ek
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    Depth
  186. How do you measure impact?
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    in awareness of context - interdependencies - and the opportunity in singularity as resonance with interdependencies
  187. How do you measure impact?
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    By the Impression you leave.
  188. How do you measure impact?
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    By lives changed, and honored.
  189. How do you measure impact?
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    by intensity and breadth of response
  190. How do you measure impact?
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    By the size of the dent
  191. How do you measure impact?
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    people like my work
  192. How do you measure impact?
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    Neutons
  193. How do you measure impact?
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    asking
  194. How do you measure impact?
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    discipline
  195. How do you measure impact?
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    with a inclusive culture
  196. How do you measure impact?
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    by asking questions
  197. How do you measure impact?
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    connection
  198. How do you measure impact?
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    Emotions that you elicit
  199. How do you measure impact?
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    By analyzing the outcome of the change
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    by the way people will talk about it 5 years later
  201. How do you measure impact?
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    meaning
  202. How do you measure impact?
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    kg m s−1
  203. How do you measure impact?
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    a smile
  204. How do you measure impact?
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    art for social change
  205. How do you measure impact?
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    by seeing the change
  206. How do you measure impact?
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    Change of thought
  207. How do you measure impact?
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    Community response and adoption
  208. How do you measure impact?
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    interaction
  209. How do you measure impact?
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    with the amount of negative response
  210. How do you measure impact?
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    with hapiness
  211. How do you measure impact?
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    health care
  212. How do you measure impact?
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    by how an action affects (either positively or negatively) those around me
  213. How do you measure impact?
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    inclusion
  214. How do you measure impact?
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    By seeing the result
  215. How do you measure impact?
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    community ownership and use
  216. How do you measure impact?
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    repeated testing
  217. How do you measure impact?
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    satisfaction
  218. How do you measure impact?
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    By following an idea, implementing it and continue to follow to see the success and how that help the community and the environment. Small changes make a difference without people noticing, sometimes
  219. How do you measure impact?
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    outcome
  220. How do you measure impact?
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    By observing to what extent the lives of individuals shift
  221. How do you measure impact?
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    Change in Community
  222. How do you measure impact?
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    Through getting feedback from the community that was affected
  223. How do you measure impact?
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    smiles
  224. How do you measure impact?
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    University
  225. How do you measure impact?
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    With qualitative and quantitative research
  226. How do you measure impact?
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    Notebook
  227. How do you measure impact?
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    the amount of influence it has on a community
  228. How do you measure impact?
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    Through observing the outcome?!
  229. How do you measure impact?
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    responsibility
  230. How do you measure impact?
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    depends on the font, kerning, size, and style of the text.
  231. How do you measure impact?
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    by observing results defined by description of the desired impact.
  232. How do you measure impact?
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    Making change
  233. How do you measure impact?
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    Analysis of results
  234. How do you measure impact?
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    Quality of Life Index
  235. How do you measure impact?
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    duchess park
  236. How do you measure impact?
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    Library
  237. How do you measure impact?
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    change
  238. How do you measure impact?
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    I consider the entire context, every party touched and look at the cumulative experience
  239. How do you measure impact?
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    By estimating the counterfactual in design
  240. How do you measure impact?
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    socially , physically and emotionally
  241. How do you measure impact?
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    Analysis
  242. How do you measure impact?
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    team
  243. How do you measure impact?
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    through meaningful projects which being about change
  244. How do you measure impact?
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    car
  245. How do you measure impact?
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    pool
  246. How do you measure impact?
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    By the number of trees.
  247. How do you measure impact?
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    emotion
  248. How do you measure impact?
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    force
  249. How do you measure impact?
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    by how it brings hope and happiness
  250. How do you measure impact?
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    uniqueness
  251. How do you measure impact?
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    by how easily I can recall something
  252. How do you measure impact?
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    positive, tangible differences in the lives of people
  253. How do you measure impact?
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    design guide
  254. How do you measure impact?
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    Peoples opinion before, during, after
  255. How do you measure impact?
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    Number of people made lastingly happier
  256. How do you measure impact?
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    by talking to the most affected communities first
  257. How do you measure impact?
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    community
  258. How do you measure impact?
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    feedback
  259. How do you measure impact?
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    not sure
  260. How do you measure impact?
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    cats
  261. How do you measure impact?
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    Wider impact through the general social conscious, or data.
  262. How do you measure impact?
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    outcome.
  263. How do you measure impact?
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    effect on one's memory
  264. How do you measure impact?
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    in newtons.
  265. How do you measure impact?
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    emotional response
  266. How do you measure impact?
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    career
  267. How do you measure impact?
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    wellness
  268. How do you measure impact?
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    outcome. results. tangible and intangible ones
  269. How do you measure impact?
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    depends. but everything, if possible should be considered
  270. How do you measure impact?
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    seeing tiny changes
  271. How do you measure impact?
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    happiness
  272. How do you measure impact?
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    ripple effect
  273. How do you measure impact?
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    dont know
  274. How do you measure impact?
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    thoughtfulness
  275. How do you measure impact?
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    inspiring others
  276. How do you measure impact?
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    Observation
  277. How do you measure impact?
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    happiness index
  278. How do you measure impact?
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    in whatever way that works to mirror the complexity of desired impact
  279. How do you measure impact?
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    with love
  280. How do you measure impact?
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    The amount of people touched by an action or change
  281. How do you measure impact?
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    with an impactometer
  282. How do you measure impact?
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    conversation
  283. How do you measure impact?
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    Data, numbers, facts, you know how we've been doing it for a millennia or two
  284. How do you measure impact?
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    Comfort
  285. How do you measure impact?
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    people
  286. How do you measure impact?
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    E = 1/2 m v2
  287. How do you measure impact?
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    USER FEEDBACK
  288. How do you measure impact?
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    By the ability to reach a diverse range of people, communities, pets, etc
  289. How do you measure impact?
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    by looking backwards
  290. How do you measure impact?
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    Impact is measured by its outcome
  291. How do you measure impact?
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    by smiles of the councils that voted in favor of the specific project.
  292. How do you measure impact?
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    will people show up to my funeral?
  293. How do you measure impact?
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    Diversity of interest
  294. How do you measure impact?
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    evaluating core variables
  295. How do you measure impact?
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    changed lives
  296. How do you measure impact?
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    emotions
  297. How do you measure impact?
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    footprint
  298. How do you measure impact?
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    in smiles :)
  299. How do you measure impact?
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    Sorry, I've no clue
  300. How do you measure impact?
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    The size of the crater left behind
  301. How do you measure impact?
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    ask people their opinion
  302. How do you measure impact?
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    By setting out very clear measurables before starting.
  303. How do you measure impact?
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    ecologic
  304. How do you measure impact?
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    how it makes me feel
  305. How do you measure impact?
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    Knowing how many people are happy with the result
  306. How do you measure impact?
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    number
  307. How do you measure impact?
    3Like
    positive change in hearts and minds
  308. How do you measure impact?
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    by positive change
  309. How do you measure impact?
    1Like
    Environment
  310. How do you measure impact?
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    Results
  311. How do you measure impact?
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    by the reaction
  312. How do you measure impact?
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    thoughts of other people
  313. How do you measure impact?
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    math
  314. How do you measure impact?
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    creativity
  315. How do you measure impact?
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    by how much love shared throughout the world
  316. How do you measure impact?
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    Through the positive ripple effect it creates
  317. How do you measure impact?
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    with a seismometer
  318. How do you measure impact?
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    humphrey bogart
  319. How do you measure impact?
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    by looking at people reaction
  320. How do you measure impact?
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    community coming alive
  321. How do you measure impact?
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    Ask people who might be impacted
  322. How do you measure impact?
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    Reaction
  323. How do you measure impact?
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    when there is a social behavior change
  324. How do you measure impact?
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    by jumping and then measuring
  325. How do you measure impact?
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    money
  326. How do you measure impact?
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    New friendships formed
  327. How do you measure impact?
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    hugs

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