Assessing Impact

Amnesty International works to promote and defend human rights. To do this successfully, we need to continuously measure our effectiveness and look at ways we can improve.

We create and apply various systems and methodologies to assess the nature of our impact on human rights globally. These tools enable us to be accountable to the victims of human rights violations and human rights defenders with, and for whom, we work. They also help us to better respond to the interests of our members, supporters and donors.

Case studies

The Strategy and Evaluation Unit carries out strategically chosen evaluations or case studies to assess the impact of Amnesty International. We also conduct external evaluations of our work. Our participatory approach includes the voices of those with whom and on whose behalf we work. These efforts are driven by our commitment to accountability and learning in order to improve our effectiveness and impact. Evaluation findings and recommendations inform decision-making, strategy development and detailed planning.

To know more about Amnesty International's key definitions, guiding principles and good practice around impact assessment click here.

Amnesty’s work to protect Somalia’s People on the Move 2015

Amnesty’s work in oil pollution and corporate accountability in the Niger Delta

Arms trade treaty campaign

Egypt crisis and transition project

Tackling discrimination against Roma and the formal management response

Freedom of expression, assembly and association in Russia

Amnesty International impact report 2012-13: Making human rights change happen

"Human rights live here - stop forced evictions in Africa"

AI@50 global project evaluation

Impact study of the 'Forced Evictions and the Right to Adequate Housing Campaign' in Nigeria (2012)

Technology for human rights

Africa human rights education micro-projects in Ghana

Continuous learning, continuous impact  - Impact study of the 'Still Separate, Still Unequal' campaign in Slovakia (2011)

Learning from success - Amnesty International's role in the UN's adoption of a Death Penalty Moratorium (2009)

Engaging, listening, hearing, changing  -An assessment exploring Amnesty International's human rights work focusing on a case study in Albania (2009)

A synthesis of the learning from the stop violence against women campaign 2004-2010  and the formal management response