Impact measurement and management

Managing impact outcomes for a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future

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Leading with impact accountability

The Autodesk Foundation’s impact measurement and management (IMM) practice is central to our work—informing our investments and how we catalyze the portfolio’s impact. Our IMM practice establishes accountability, informs decision-making, and provides the evidence base for impact.

Our approach to IMM

We work with our portfolio to establish and integrate IMM best practices, supporting and improving data collection and analysis for grantees and investees.

Align on outcomes

We align with our portfolio to establish realistic, consistent impact goals and a shared strategy for evaluating progress.

Focus on shared learning

We invest in shared learning projects for our portfolio with external consultants.


Evaluate annual impact

We carefully evaluate and report on our portfolio’s social and environmental impact to improve outcomes.


Impact opportunity areas

We assess the impact of our portfolio using theories of change for each impact opportunity area.

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Energy & Materials

We evaluate our Energy & Materials portfolio based on environmental outcomes, including realized GHG emissions reduction and potential reduction by 2050.


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Health & Resilience

We evaluate our Health & Resilience portfolio based on outcomes related to community health, environmental protection, and economic growth and advancement.


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Work & Prosperity

We evaluate our Work & Prosperity portfolio based on outcomes related to job placements and wage gains.


FY24 portfolio impact

In fiscal year 2024, we aggregated data from financial reports, annual reports, organizational key performance indicators, and self-reported data from the Autodesk Foundation’s global portfolio, which achieved the following:

  • 110 million individuals reached with resilient solutions in housing and infrastructure, energy access, agricultural productivity, and workforce development (cumulative data from active organizations since their inception)*
  • 2.2 million metric tons CO2e of GHG emissions reduced in 2023

  • 12,900 individuals obtained new or improved jobs in 2023

Cumulative data from organizations, since their inception, that were a part of the Autodesk Foundation portfolio during 2023.

Advancing the IMM field

We engage third-party experts such as CEA Consulting and Rho Impact to improve our methodology and accurately assess our portfolio’s actual and potential impact. We also support field-building efforts through thought leadership, participating in initiatives like Project Frame and supporting innovative, forward-looking impact assessment technologies like Prime Coalition's CRANE tool.

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