Overview: understanding ASI’s Impacts
- ASI was incorporated in 2015 and developed its current models for Standards-Setting, Assurance and Impacts concurrently from its initial stages. This has enabled a relatively integrated approach to designing a system for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of impacts.
- The ASI M&E system is focused on the change ASI hopes to achieve in the global aluminium value chain. It is designed to support stakeholder learning and organizational improvement over time. We are still developing our M&E Plan with our Standards Committee, Working Groups, and IPAF – see the latest draft (April 2018) here. We welcome your feedback.
- As ASI’s certification program launched in December 2017, implementation of the M&E system is planned for 2019/2020 onwards, following at least one year of operation and with a critical mass of certifications in place.
- It is ASI’s intention to prepare and publish annual Impacts Reports from 2020, drawing on the analyses against the identified indicators in the ASI M&E Plan.
- Download the 2018 ASI M&E System Report for more information (prepared for the ISEAL Alliance)
Theory of Change
Developing a theory of change is an important step in setting up a standards system, to inform the design of the program and establish ways to monitor and evaluate its impacts over time.
Key elements to consider in developing a theory of a change:
ASI Theory of Change (Version 2.1)
During 2015, ASI worked on Version 1 of its ‘theory of change’ to define intended long-term impacts, short and medium-term outcomes, and supporting strategies to achieve them. The ASI Board and Standards Committee discussed an updated Theory of Change during the Board’s strategic planning processes and the Committee’s development of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, which contains supporting indicators. Version 2 of ASI’s Theory of Change was adopted by the ASI Board as part of the 2017 Strategic Plan.
In 2018, ASI continues to develop its M&E Plan and has made some clarifications in the current V2.1 of the Theory of Change. It is shown below and can be downloaded as a PDF file here (V2-1 April2018).
Below – ASI’s Theory of Change
ASI’s Theory of Change will continue to evolve during the development and implementation of the ASI program, and questions and comments are always welcome.
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