You’re planning to launch a new project and perhaps need to define clear outcomes–to explain to others how things will turn out for your idea (result).

Tie your idea/project results to business goals.

Communicating your project’s impact/outcomes will help with your funding proposal or business plan and ensure everyone involved is working towards the same result.

Depending on the idea you are trying to launch, you may, in fact, not need an impact statement. If you do, then keep reading.

Here’s an example; 

The Most Successful YMCA National Internship Program Ever – A Case Study was a complex national collaboration that required all the stakeholders to clearly understand the short and long-term social impact of our initiative. 

Wordsmithing these bullet points was a challenge at first. Still, as we compiled success stories and observed our initiative’s effect, it became easier to come up with the right phraseology. 

Leading a well-resourced initiative was am a fantastic opportunity.

A complex social impact assessment (SIA) may be well beyond the scope of your initiative. In general, Impact Statements will be roughly a third of a page in length and focus on a single theme or program.

A simple social impact statement;

  • Briefly summarizes, in simple terms, the difference your extension, research, or efforts have made.
  • State accomplishments and creates reliable support for programs.
  • Answers the questions; “So what?” and “Who cares?”.
  • Conveys actions in simple language that is free of technical jargon.

Social Impact Assessment Background

SIA’s origin comes from the environmental impact assessment (EIA) model, which first emerged in the 1970s in the U.S.

It was a way to assess society’s impacts on specific development schemes and projects before they go ahead; new roads, industrial facilities, mines, dams, ports, airports, and other infrastructure projects. 

It has been incorporated into the formal planning and approval processes in several countries to categorize and assess how significant developments may affect populations, groups, and settlements.

SIA is often carried out as part of, or in addition to, environmental impact assessment, but it has not yet been as widely adopted as EIA in formal planning systems, often playing a minor role in combined social and ecological estimates.

Definitions for “social impact assessment” vary by different sectors and applications. According to the International Association for Impact Assessment; “Social impact assessment includes the processes of analyzing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions. 

Its primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment.” (International Association for Impact Assessment).


Across Canada, it was easy for my fellow collaborators and me to welcome and celebrate the energy, talents and challenges of young people and their adult mentors. 

Internship programs create collaborations to garner resources that build relationships and enable young people to experience the exhilaration of engagement. They learn to make choices and acquire skills; learn to advocate on their behalf so that together, everyone collaborates and creates vibrant, inclusive, and peaceful communities. – Dan Trepanier

Our project leadership team engaged in a process to clearly define and share with others the immediate and long term social impact of these Federal Government Internships (Lead The Most Successful YMCA National Internship Program Ever)

Listed below is how I would word the Immediate Impact of our National Internship Programs.


Whereby Young People;

  • know and appreciate their assets and gifts;
  • discover ideas/programs/activities that fully engage their energy, skill and passion for learning and health
  • increase their competence with positive adults;
  • get involved in relationships with positive adults;
  • acquire the understanding and skills of peace and peacemaking as a viable alternative to societal violence
  • have a voice/influence on the creation, development and implementation of programs like the Federal Publis Sector Youth Internship Program (FPSYIP)
  • participate in key, national-level, policy/project development and discussions on issues that pertain to the health and well-being of the people in their communities
  • Make connections to employment and education.

Long Term Impact of Federal Government Internships

  • a generation of young people whose abilities to create social capital enable them to participate more fully in society
  • by participating more fully in the community, young people come to see themselves as capable, gifted and able to contribute to building a more inclusive and peaceful
  • a reduction in the barriers of suspicion and hostility that can mark the interactions between generations; and an increase in the self-efficacy of young people
  • Adults come to understand and experience young people as capable, gifted and able to collaborate to create a more inclusive and peaceful society.

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and, thus, better compete in their markets. 

We do what matters to serve people with high standards and acceptable practices in project management expertise.

I can help you clarify the wording of your idea’s immediate and long-term impact – Dan Trepanier.


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