iDE
Impact Rating

iDE

Top Poverty Nonprofit

Impact: $120 increases the earnings of a smallholder farming family in Zambia by $520.

Zambia’s Farm Business Advisor Program meets the benchmark for high cost-effectiveness. The nonprofit increases income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent.

Note: The impact of this program may not be representative of the entire operation of iDE.

Methodology

Governance: Passes checks

Mission

iDE creates income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. We design and deliver market-based solutions in Agriculture and WASH in 11 countries across Asia, Africa, and Central America. Much more than a collection of technologies and field offices, we are a globally integrated ecosystem of nearly 1,000 staff, passionate about innovation and entrepreneurism.

Cause

Poverty

Rated Program

Zambia’s Farm Business Advisor Program

Location

Zambia

Website

ideglobal.org

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Cause

Poverty

Rated Program

Zambia’s Farm Business Advisor Program

Location

Zambia

Website

ideglobal.org

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Rated Program

Program

Zambia’s Farm Business Advisor Program

Activities

Zambia's Farm Business Advisor program improves livelihoods via a corps of Farm Business Advisor entrepreneurs who connect farmers with inputs, markets, credit, services, and advice. iDE links advisors with business partners and trains advisors on business practices.

Program Type

Livelihood Support

Beneficiaries Served

People living in poverty

Geography

Zambia

Outcomes: Changes in people's lives. They can be caused by a nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by nonprofits and their partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: The cost to achieve an outcome.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was "worth" the outcome.

Outcomes

Outcome Metric

Increase in earnings of a smallholder farming family.

To calculate impact, we estimate how many outcomes the nonprofit caused.

Data Source

Outcome data collected through a sample-based survey of both treated and control smallholder-farming households where crop production, expenditure, and agricultural practices data is collected. Data is combined with project sales/transaction data housed on Salesforce.

Time Period of Data

May 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

As part of our income survey approach, we used a statistically-powered ‘difference in difference’ design to establish the attributable income change of the program on participants over and above the non-program participants.

To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program.

Cost

Data Source

Cost data reported by iDE and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.

All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Impact

Impact Statement

$120 increases the earnings of a smallholder farming family in Zambia by $520.

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Rating

Benchmark for Rating

Impact ratings of livelihood support programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive 5 stars if they increase income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and 4 stars if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns 3 stars.

Determination

The nonprofit increases income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent.

Why We Could Be Wrong

We welcome your suggestions for improving our methodology. Our methodology section includes explanations of how we mitigate these issues.

  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using “increased earnings” as the metric of analysis may not intuitively convey the potential downstream benefits of participating in a livelihood support program, such as reduced financial stress.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • iDE may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by iDE on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of iDE.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

We assign a rating to the nonprofit using the rubric:

  • There are indications of governance or financial health issues at the nonprofit.

  • After being given an opportunity, the nonprofit chose not to publish impact information.

    We are not yet issuing this level of star rating.

  • The rated program does not meet our benchmark for cost-effectiveness.

  • The rated program is cost-effective.

  • The rated program is highly cost-effective.

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Nonprofit Comment

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Analysis Details

Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

This rating is based on data reported by iDE using ImpactMatters' impact reporting platform. Using data from the platform, ImpactMatters analysts calculated impact and assigned a rating.

We welcome corrections. If you are interested in exploring applications of ImpactMatters data, contact us at partnerships@impactmatters.org.

Governance Check

iDE passes our governance check.

Conducted a financial audit

Overhead spending is reasonable (<35% of total spending)

Charity Navigator has not issued a fraud or mismanagement advisory

iDE itself has not reported any material diversions of assets

iDE itself has not reported any excess benefit transactions

Source: iDE Form 990 and Charity Navigator

How We Calculate Impact

This rating is based on ImpactMatters analysis of the impact of Zambia’s Farm Business Advisor Program relative to costs. Impact is the change in the social outcomes of people served by the program, net of the change that would have happened even without the program (the “counterfactual”); divided by cost. Learn more.

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