Our Impact

We measure our impact in three key ways:

  1. Quantitative Data

We measure increase in leadership capacity through pre- and post- surveys, as well as subsequent rigorous follow-ups with participants for one year after each partnership.

  1. Qualitative data

We consistently evaluate our content, style, and team directly from our participants and partners.

  1. Human-Centered Design

We actively seek input and feedback from participants and clients when designing new programs, including our Participant Advisory Council and Rwandan Advisory Board.

To date, we have worked with 40 partners in East Africa and we have trained 2,800 participants.

We’ve always tested our impact in a variety of ways, using input from advisors and best-practice knowledge. However, in order to rigorously measure the impact of our work, we began a year-long randomized control trial in 2016 with researchers from UC Berkeley, which has produced fantastic results. Read the full report here. So far we’ve seen:

Economic Gain

  • 43% increase in income


  • 26% more likely to lead a group


  • Talk to community leaders 25 more times per year

Note: these results are still preliminary, and we will do further data collection and verification. If you’re interested in how we got here, read about what we’ve learned.

Annual Reports:

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report