Continuous Impact Model

The Continuous Impact Model (CIM) is designed to help institutions develop an understanding of their impact across a wide range of areas, measure the changes of impact variables over time, and to establish evidential feedback loops to improve the quality of the institution and its activities in a continuous improvement process. 

The CIM is not designed to be prescriptive – a school will work with its mentor to develop appropriate metrics and ensure that the feedback loop is established and effective over time. 

Schools are required to undergo the CIM once they start the accreditation process. BGA’s accreditation directors will play a supportive role in ensuring a School’s development and measurement of its impact metrics are used to meet BGA’s accreditation criteria.


Dimensions of Impact


– Alignment of impact metrics with the School’s mission

Graduate Achievement
– % of students employed prior to graduation / six months after (by programme type)
– Salary achieved (and salary differential) for graduates (by programme type)
– Flows into the job market at different geographic level

Value Creation
– Students as valuable resources for the local economy during their studies (internships, special missions in the home country and abroad, and apprenticeships)
– Explicit value of entrepreneurial activities by students and graduates (supported financially and / or intellectually by the School)

– Contribution made by social entrepreneurship
– Student projects with disadvantaged communities
– Involvement of stakeholders in public life within the community
– Integration of responsible management ethics such as the UN Social Development Goals in teaching, research and management of the School.

– Income generated for the region by the Schoo, by its employees, by its students, by visiting professors and by all those people who come to the campus in relation with the School’s activities.
– Value of partnerships within the institutional ecosystem (e.g. partnerships with other institutions, or with other departments of parent institution)
– Contribution of the School’s brand to the image of the region

– Impact metrics / citations from research output (e.g. number of publications per category, serving on academic boards / bodies, research income)
– Practitioner metrics (e.g. research & consultancy income from corporates, serving on corporate bodies, media citations)

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