Measuring impact is a valuable tool for communicating the importance of cooperatives to their members, communities and policymakers. In partnership with the Urban Institute, the Cooperative Development Foundation and the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) have developed a seven-factor framework for evaluating cooperative impact. These factors are: Access; Business Sustainability; Community Commitment; Democratic Governance and Empowerment; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Financial Security and Advancement; and Growth.
We encourage you to make use of this resource! The sector report below examines how ownership of farmer and independent small business cooperatives influences economic activity, community vitality and individual well-being based on this framework. Download the full sector report, or just the infographic.