Impact Pathways

Impact Pathways

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Term2.png Impact Pathways
Also known as Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis (PIPA). Is a project management approach in which the participants in a project, including project staff, key stakeholders and the ultimate beneficiaries, together co-construct their program theory. The PIPA theory describes plausible impact pathways by which project outputs are used by others to achieve a chain of outcomes leading to a contribution to eventual impact on social, environmental or economic conditions. Impact pathways are a type of logic model, that is, they constitute a model that describes the logic of what the project will do, is doing, or what it did. PIPA helps workshop participants to discuss and write down their assumptions and theories about how their project activities and outputs could eventually contribute to desired goals. The description of these assumptions and theories is a description of the project's or program's impact pathways. PIPA helps workshop participants with the following:
  1. Clarify and communicate their own project's logic of intervention and its potential for achieving impact
  2. Understand other projects and identify areas for collaboration
  3. Generate a feeling of common purpose and better programmatic integration
  4. Produce an impact narrative describing the project's intervention logic
  5. Produce a framework for subsequent monitoring and evaluation.[1]


  1. Wikipedia (01 November 2010), (01 November 2010)