Commitment to effectiveness means dedication to data.

We are committed to the rigorous measurement of our programs. Tracking everything that happens on the ground, our objective is to achieve the greatest impact.

“ICM is a trendsetter for rigorous evaluation and rapid learning from the results. ICM’s constant innovation to achieve greater outcomes at the lowest possible price should give any supporter confidence that money will be used well.”

— Paul Penley, Excellence in Giving Report 2017

Our Tools

50,000,000+ data points

200,000 Transform family surveys since 2009

The most comprehensive church community database in the Philippines

The Gold Standard of Impact Measurement

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT)

Partnering with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Yale University, ICM’s first RCT has validated statistically significant positive impacts from Transform (p<0.01).

Following our initial RCT, we invited IPA and Yale University to conduct a third-party RCT measuring Transform’s effectiveness. The IPA study surveyed 8,000 ICM households. Until published, the midline results remain confidential.

Read Our Research

Differential Impact of a Poverty Alleviation Program Targeting the Ultrapoor in the Philippines
2017
A Comparison of Site-Based versus Home-Based Child Malnutrition Treatment Programs
2015

Our Current Studies

Our research team are currently working on a wide range of studies. Some highlights include:

An RCT involving 5,000 children, to measure the medium and long-term outcomes from a parent coaching education strategy.

Partners: Yale, NYU, Save the Children

A seven year follow up study of 1,000 Transform graduates

Effectiveness of different treatment products targeted at Severe and Moderate Acute Malnutrition, studying 250 cases.

Partner: University of Toronto

A joint panel study researching the role of faith-based organizations in disaster response and resilience training.

Partners: JLI and Tearfund.

Estimating maternal and infant mortality rates among the ultrapoor, using ICM pregnancy and newborn treatment package delivery among 495 pregnant women.

In depth analysis on the creation and change of 4,500 people’s social networks due to Transform.

Partners: University of Toronto, University of Sydney, Yale.

Evaluation of the long term impact of Jumpstart kindergarten, comparing sibling to sibling and studying 2,000 Jumpstart graduates.

Partner: University of San Francisco

Analyzing the creation of trust between ICM health staff and TB suspects, and how this impacts health screening rates of 2,870 people.

Partner: University of Toronto

An RCT on the relationship between 146 ICM trainers’ characteristics and their Transform outcomes.

Capturing detailed income to consumption cycle among the ultrapoor – a collection of case studies.

In depth evaluation on the make-up and economics of savings groups involving 2,400 people in 80 groups.

Partner: Wheaton College

Mid-line results for a multi-site pastoral training curriculum, and how it affects the health of the church, involving 3,000 pastors and 3,500 congregants.

Analysis of how baseline levels of trust in communities affect adherence to malnutrition treatment and program dropout rates among 2,650 individuals.

Preliminary analysis on hope scales that were tested in Mexico, to see how hope impacts Transform outcomes in 1,300 people.

Partner: University of Toronto

Analyzing the differential economic impact of Transform due to participation in government programs and baseline poverty level of 2,071 people.

Sharing learning globally with partners to bring best practices to development programs

We want our research to impact the world. Our team shares findings, study designs and data collection strategies with organizations who focus on similar issues and face comparable evaluation challenges.

If you would like to find out more about how to collaborate with ICM on research and innovation, please contact us.

Project Tomorrow

Real time data tracking for nationwide operations

Project Tomorrow is an exciting advancement for ICM in how we manage and monitor our programs. The online database gives us immediate visibility into what is happening on the ground in the communities where we are working. This real-time access to data allows us to:

  • Rapidly process applications for community programs
  • Actively monitor program participation patterns, resource distribution and graduation rates
  • Manage health and livelihood interventions for individual participants
  • Provide donors with greater transparency on their impact

Our Research and Innovations Partners

ICM is honored to be partnering with many outstanding academic institutions that are committed to academic excellence in research.