Project description and scope
The goal of the ImpactLab is to undertake cutting edge research, development measures and tools for the assessment of total impact, and apply these measures in assessment of impact of and for non-profit organizations. Total impact is understood as the social, environmental, and economic impact of an organization's activities. The ImpactLab will engage a diverse group of actors including Faculty from diverse areas (management, science, sociology, environmental science, biology, etc.), community actors, policy makers, students and organizations working in the area of impact assessment.
Contributions the ImpactLab aims to make are threefold:
- Research: The Lab will undertake extensive research in the field of Impact assessment and development of measures. In this, faculty engaged in projects from the Centre for Leadership Excellence have already started work on developing Social Impact Assessment measures and have presented their work at international conferences. Collaboration agreement have been signed with multi stakeholder initiatives in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
- Student training and support: The ImpactLab aims to provide both research support and training to students interested in areas linked to Impact Assessment; such as social and sustainable entrepreneurship, social funds, corporate social entrepreneurship, and government policy.
- Impact assessment
- Community engagement and impact assessment: Furthermore, the ImpactLab aims to provide training and support to non-profit organizations in their assessment of Impacts. To do so, the Lab will engage community actors in the development and applications of measure that will be adapted specifically to answer the needs of their organization and their sector of activity.
- Impact assessment fee for service consultancy and executive training: Lastly, the ImpactLab aims to provide consultancy and executive training in impact assessment services to for-profit organizations. The ImpactLab will therefore operate as a hybrid model organization and assure its long-term sustainability.
The Impactlab is working with Happy Community Project to develop impact assessment measures for their different initiatives.