Rigorous Measurement

Our Impact

TechnoServe is committed to creating and measuring lasting impact.

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View our 2017 Impact Report

We measure the amount of financial benefits we help generate, the number of people and businesses who received financial benefits, and the percent of those that are women. We also measure the amount of financing we have facilitated in the marketplace. Tracking these impact indicators over time helps ensure our continued success.

We use this data to gain insights into our portfolio that inform our work and drive greater impact. Results are one of our core values, which is why we aggregate and publicize the impact of our work on an annual basis.

2017 Results in Brief

In 2017, TechnoServe's work helped transform the lives of 2.3 million people* in 29 countries by targeting improvements in farms, businesses and industries. Learn more in our Impact Report and the results portal below.
*based on five people per household

Hover or click on an indicator below for more information about what we measure.

Financial Benefits

$189 million




Finance Mobilized

$28 million


Percent Women


External Evaluations

ImpactMatters confirms high impact and cost-effectiveness of TechnoServe programs. Read Press Release

Whenever possible, TechnoServe leverages external evaluators to conduct independent assessments and evaluate our implementation model.

Learn more about external evaluations of our work.

Results Portal

We invite you to explore the impact we’ve generated across our portfolio. The results portal below presents regional, country and project-level impact. Mouse over the visualization to see more detail, and click to dive deeper. We recommend viewing this page on a tablet screen or larger, or click here for a mobile-friendly view.



Blog Posts

September 27, 2018

Cultivating a Collaborative Coffee Culture in Central America

TechnoServe promoted a new culture of collaboration and learning across the coffee sector, from testing and evaluating new techniques in rural communities to engaging government and private stakeholders to share data, strengthening the industry as a whole.

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September 6, 2018

Win-Win Innovations in Smallholder Sourcing

A coalition spanning the private, nonprofit, and research sectors tested innovations in agriculture that can drive impact on a large scale. We share results and lessons from an experiment in Mozambique that leveraged mobile technology to drive shared value.

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August 31, 2018

From the Ground Up: How Soil Testing Can Help Predict Return on Investment for African Farmers

As part of the Innovation in Outcome Measurement initiative, TechnoServe analyzed how soil testing can predict agricultural outcomes and help maize farmers in Kenya to improve yields and profitability. Here's what we learned.

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Rigorous Measurement

We are careful to use the most rigorous, cost-efficient methods possible to account for our impact. Our measurement approach ensures that we only report the impact that is attributable to our work. We measure baseline revenue, or the beneficiary's earnings before she started working with us. We use a counterfactual, such as a comparison group, to avoid taking credit for weather, market variations and other variables we cannot control.

TechnoServe recognizes the initiative and enterprising nature of the men and women we support. We take a careful approach to measurement, acknowledging that we supplement their own efforts to increase incomes. We also take into account the complex contexts of our work, where multiple actors are investing in influencing the marketplace. By excluding these factors from our analysis, we are better able to identify how much change we help create.

Since impact measurement informs the way we do business, it is critical that we generate the most complete story of our impact. We use data on our impact to identify successful project models, better understand our portfolio, and learn from projects that failed to drive the impact we expected. We are transparent about the impact all our projects create, whether a success or failure. We believe this transparency can inform greater and more effective programs aimed at reducing poverty, both within TechnoServe and in the broader development community.


2016 Impact Report

Explore our 2016 results and the methods we use to capture ongoing impact.

Evaluation of the TechnoServe East Africa Coffee Initiative

Triple Line was contracted by TechnoServe to evaluate the impact of the East Africa Coffee Initiative in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, five years after the close of our project helping smallholder farmers to improve productivity and increase incomes.