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The Public Impact Fundamentals

Discover how you can achieve public impact using a tried and tested, simple framework: The Public Impact Fundamentals.

When it comes to public impact there are three things that matter most

We spoke to people at all levels in government from around the world, consulted leading academics and analysed hundreds of case studies, to understand what makes policies successful.

Three factors appeared again and again in our assessment of effective policies: Legitimacy, Policy and Action. We call these the Public Impact Fundamentals.

A framework for successful policy

To make achieving public impact easier, we created the Public Impact Fundamentals framework, which gives you a simple, practical tool to assess your public policies and ensure the three fundamentals are embedded in them.


For an initiative to have legitimacy, there needs to be public confidence behind it and in the institutions involved, stakeholder engagement and the necessary political commitment backing the policy.


For an initiative to be a well-designed policy, it needs to have clear objectives to ensure common agreement on the problem the policy is trying to solve, take into consideration the suitable evidence, as well as have feasibility, to ensure there are no legal, human resource or financial barriers that would affect impact.


To translate the idea of an initiative into action, the appropriate management and measurement mechanisms to ensure progress is made and can be measured need to be in place, as well as an alignment of interests of those actors required to make change happen.

Tools & training

The Public Impact Starter Kit

We’ve developed a range of tools to help you use the Public Impact Fundamentals framework in your day-to-day work to improve the impact of policies.

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Public Impact Observatory

The Public Impact Observatory is a unique database of public policy case studies. Using our Public Impact Fundamentals we have analysed hundreds of examples of public policy succeeding or failing, drawing out the key lessons for future policy work

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Teaching Materials

We’ve developed a bespoke workshop to provide policymakers of the future with the right skills to design and deliver successful policies that achieve positive outcomes for communities.

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The Public Impact Fundamentals report

When it comes to public impact, there are three things that matter most – Legitimacy, Policy and Action. We call these the Public Impact Fundamentals. Download the report to understand the Public Impact Fundamentals framework and learn how governments can improve the results they achieve for communities.

Our approach to achieving public impact is also available in the following languages.

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