Global Scripture Impact® (GSI) employs “the right people to ask the right questions in the right way.” Specifically, GSI is a team of practitioners with extensive experience in international development, Christian ministry and organizational evaluation. Its approach is one of building capacity from the first contact, not one of auditing. The goal is increased project impact through increased organizational and community capacity at every level.

The GSI research methodology most closely resembles an action research model in that it is cyclic, participative and quantitative. It combines a consultancy element with traditional field research. The GSI research method is a holistic approach to project research, coming alongside implementers and funding organizations to help anticipate potential results, then measuring and reflecting on actual results in order to inform ongoing program design and future outcomes, as well as future funding.

Sector Report

A Sector Report is a critical piece of research that examines a focuses on:

  • A specific issue, such as literacy
  • A ministry, such as reaching out to Spanish speakers
  • A geographic region, such as rural China
  • A population group, such as orphans in India
  • An organization in need of a review of the organizational structure and health

These 7,000 to 15,000-word documents are prepared by staff researchers with an expertise in the topic or by experienced external researchers who have first-hand knowledge of the area.

Research includes a look at the major issues/problems/opportunities related to the sector through applicable academic or other published work, as well as interviews with those with first-hand knowledge.

It prepares a landscape analysis of existing work by organizations working in the same sector and identifies the most relevant partners.

The Sector Report lays out the Best Practices for working in a particular segment — and which practices led to success and failure.

Finally, the Sector Report draws research-based conclusions and proposes methodologies and practices that can contribute to a more successful approach.

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Impact Report

Once the due diligence research (the log frame) is completed, those findings are reported in an attractive and easy-to-peruse Impact® Report. This customizable reporting format can be used by ministries and organizations in a variety of ways to demonstrate effective stewardship to current and potential donors.

The Impact Report is a four-page executive summary that looks at the project design, track record, project budget and analysis of audited financial statements. It offers independent leadership and program references, as well as GSI’s unique analysis of the project’s risk and potential impact.

Quarterly Research Studies

Global Scripture Impact has taken the hard work out of keeping up with all the latest research conducted on matters of interest to your ABS team. Each quarter, GSI publishes a summary of the latest research in the areas of:

  • Scripture Engagement
  • Next Gen
  • Global Faith Studies
  • U.S. Faith Studies

In the reports, you will find a summary of the research, the URL so you can review the article in full, and questions to consider in terms of how the content might apply to our work at American Bible Society.

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Logframe

The foundational process of GSI's project evaluation is the Logistical Framework Analysis — also called a “log frame.” The log frame is a recognized tool in international development and ministry program design that is used in conjunction with Sectoral Best Practices, as identified by GSI.

GSI’s Research Analysts work with program leaders to complete the log frame, identifying both the project’s strengths and weaknesses. By working with GSI, the organization’s staff will naturally experience capacity building. The project leader learns how to design stronger, more effective projects as a result of work with the GSI Research Analyst.

Impact Assessment

After one year from the date of project funding, the GSI Research Analyst meets again with the program leader to complete an Impact® Assessment. This evaluation, also in an attractive report format, measures the project´┐Żs actual performance against the expected outcomes that were spelled out in the Impact Report. This process allows implementers to make program adjustments as needed. It can also be presented to donors to help them make the most informed funding decisions.

The Impact Assessment is a four-page summary that looks at how the project performed against the anticipated results. It includes a review of the project budget performance and testimonies of beneficiaries, as well as the recommendation of the GSI Research Analyst regarding future funding.