Impact Measurement and Guiding Principles

One objective of COP4HL was to develop open access resources for the impact measurement of local communities of practice. This led to the development of the COP4HL Guiding Principles and a Local Impact Measurement Model.


Local COP Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles identified in the COP4HL Knowledge Alliance were developed collectively on the basis of ‘lessons learned’ by the six COP4HL local communities of practices:

  1. Anticipate and act based on systems thinking and the complexity of the innovation context.
  2. Develop ownership of the innovation in all stakeholders
  3. Act evidence informed in the innovation process, building on needs and assets from the local individual to the wider society
  4. Create a learning climate that is save to experiment and facilitates reflection
  5. Maximize alignment, collaboration and co-creation between stakeholders in all phases of the innovation
  6. Create a flexible support structure to develop agency, and to plan, manage and communicate the innovation
  7. Invest heavily in building relationships to grow a lasting and inclusive community
  8. Establish and embrace, with and for the community, an inspiring common long-term goal
  9. As a community, nurture your own shared identity and culture
  10. Strive for diversity in the composition of the community and use of a variety of resources
  11. Embed developmental evaluation in the innovation to guide decisions and actions and to interpret impact
Please download the guiding principles document (below).
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Local COP Impact Measurement Model

The Local COP Impact Measurement Model describes a hybrid evaluation model that combines traditional and developmental evaluation methods. The model developed from a criterion-based evaluation and connected it with a process-driven developmental approach.

  With it a classical input to impact measurement is referenced with an iterative learning process and sense making connected to local COP peculiarities. In addition, it anticipates and notices emergence by recognizing emergent findings that need to be brought into the process of sense-making.

Please download the reporting document (below).