Youth Impact Framework: Youth Survey


Student Energy, in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors, is developing a set of impact measurement tools and indicators, and a guiding framework, to help youth climate advocates, project leaders, and founders measure and communicate the impact of their initiatives.

To develop this framework, we are consulting young people who are leading or working with a youth-led initiative that aims to make an impact related to climate action and/or building a sustainable and just energy future. In this survey, we want to know about your experience leading or working on a youth-led initiative: How do you set goals and evaluate your impact? What challenges do you face?

Optional but recommended: Before completing this survey, we encourage you to download the survey questions as a Word Doc or PDF to first type your longer responses and copy paste them into the survey, in case of an unexpected browser interruption or if you’d prefer to complete the survey over a longer period of time.

All participants will entered into a draw to win one of two prizes:
  • Fully funded bursary to the 2023 International Student Energy Summit with an estimated value of CAD $4000, which includes travel, accommodation, meals, and conference costs.
  • A conference bursary to SES 2023 valued at $1500, which includes conference entrance costs without travel or accommodation
Please note that all survey questions must be answered thoroughly and submitted by November 30th
in order for participants to receive compensation. Questions? Send us an email at
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We seek your consent! Please read through the following points and respond below. 


1. I consent to participate in this project, the details of which have been explained to me, and I have been provided with a written plain language statement about the project to keep.


2. I understand that the purpose of this research is to support the development of a Youth Impact Framework as part of Student Energy’s research project in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors on Energy and Climate and the University of Melbourne.


3. I understand that my participation in this project is for research purposes only.


4. I acknowledge that the possible effects of participating in this research project have been explained to my satisfaction.


 5. In this project I will be required to participate in a 60 minute group discussion AND/OR participate in a 30 minute individual interview. I will also be invited to review the interview transcripts and there is the additional option of responding in writing to the written interview questions and to provide these responses in my preferred language.


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About You

Optional but recommended: Before completing this survey, we encourage you to download the survey questions as a Word Doc or PDF to first type your longer responses and copy paste them into the survey, in case of an unexpected browser interruption or if you’d prefer to complete the survey over a longer period of time.

If applicable

Those that select “under 18”, “over 35” or “Prefer not to say” will not be able to complete the survey. The survey requires respondents to be between the ages of 18-35

Section 1: About your initiative 

Section 2: Feedback on proposed youth impact measurement metrics

Based on our preliminary literature review and experience working with various organizations, we propose a list of 15 key impacts and metrics (please see the table below) to measure and communicate the overall impact of youth-led projects working towards a just and sustainable future.

Energy Transition & Climate Change Mitigation



(or ‘Activities’)



Reduction or Avoidance of GHG Emissions

Closing of a fossil fuel generation or extraction source

Reduced overall/per capita carbon footprint of households or city

Decarbonizing buildings, transport, industrial processes

Metric tonnes of CO2e reduced, captured, or avoided

GHG Calculator 

Improvement in Energy Efficiency  and/or Energy Conservation

Installing new technology or retrofit that reduces energy use

Households or buildings with reduced energy demand

Reduced energy use compared to baseline, in kWh or GJ

Reduction in energy required to provide service, in kWh

Efficiency Calculator 

Increase in Clean Energy Supply

Installation of clean energy generating facility

Households switched to primary reliance on clean energy

Generation capacity installed, in kWh

Definition: Clean energy refers to any source of energy that is produced from a renewable source.

SDG 7 Tracker

Switch to Clean Cookstoves or Cooking Fuels

Clean cookstoves installed

Number of clean cookstoves installed


Social Impacts



(or ‘Activities’)



Increase in access to decent work, and jobs created

Job opportunities for youth, by gender, and for historically excluded communities 

Number of jobs (full time & part-time), disaggregated by gender, youth (18-35), ethnicity, and region

Measuring Job Creation GIIN Report

ILO Definition of Decent Work

Effective re-skilling programs, transition programs, or opportunities for communities reliant on fossil fuel sector

Number of people who changed jobs from fossil fuel to clean energy or other sustainable jobs; collecting data from employment history questionnaire


Improved Energy Access, Reduced Energy Poverty

Households, community facilities and other buildings electrified, with clean and reliable energy

Number of households or buildings newly electrified or with improved reliability, since launch of initiative

World Bank Data Country-Level

Households or communities spending less money, or lower percentage of income, to meet basic energy needs

Amount of spending, pr %, reduced per household or community

Progress toward Gender Equality

Increased funding for women-led initiatives

Dollar value of funding given to women-led projects and initiatives

Gender Equality Toolbox

Increased participation of women in clean energy training programs, energy sector, and in energy governance

Number of women participating in clean energy initiatives and renewable energy training programs; number of women in senior positions in energy sector

Equitable pay for all genders

Dollar value of wage compensation; disaggregated by race, age, disability, education, length of time in position, relative to region

Increased Youth Empowerment

Inclusive and accessible capacity-building or training programs geared towards youth

Active inclusion and consultation of youth in programs and decision-making spaces

Change in youth perception of control over their own future, personal freedom, access to resources, inclusion in decision-making, before and after participating in initiative (collected through youth opinion surveys) 

Measuring Empowerment 

Improved Awareness & Skills

Programs and campaigns designed to inspire cultural and behavioural change, contribute to social movements

Number of new youth-led or locally led projects since the launch of initiative 


Programs and resources for learning and building new skills

Number of youth employed, or otherwise utilizing skills, as a result of training 

Policy Advocacy 



(or ‘Activities’)



Increased Civic Engagement

Initiatives or campaigns to increase civic engagement at the individual, household, or community level

Number of people participated in or interacted with referenda, elections, or petitions 

Number of people reached to provide access to voting resources and support to vote

Increase in attendance or level of participation in community decision-making events (council meetings, committees)

Measuring Advocacy & Policy

Greater Youth Influence on Policy and Strategy

Active inclusion of youth voices in decision-making processes through representatives, councils, vote

Number of youth participating in decision making spaces and in policymaking

Programs or campaigns to increase youth focus and youth inclusion in existing climate and policy plans

Specific mentions of youth and youth involvement in climate policies and pledges


Climate policies (institutional, local, national) implemented or influenced by youth advocacy


Water, Food, Energy (WFCE) Nexus



(or ‘Activities’)



Reduction in Food-Related Emissions, Food Waste, Increase in Food Security

Initiatives that facilitate shifts toward planet-friendly diets for households, organizations, or through governments

Reduced ecological footprint (ha) , fresh water use (litres), and CO2e, at per capita or community level

Measuring Food Security 

Metrics of Food Security

Initiatives that improve physical and/or economic access to healthy, sustainable, affordable food

Household Expenditure Survey Method (HESM)

Initiatives that reduce or repurpose food waste

Amount of food waste diverted from landfill

Increased implementation of natural climate solutions

Projects that conserve and protect existing forests and oceans, or new reforestation and rewilding

Area of land rewilded; Area of forest protected or number of trees planted; Number or size of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) created; 


Reduced Plastic, Solid, Industrial Waste

Initiatives or campaigns that reduce waste at the household, community, or industry level

Projects that directly recycle or upcycle waste products

Mass of waste (tonnes) diverted from landfill since the launch of project initiative

Measuring Waste Reduction, Reuse & Recycling

Improved Water Quality

Initiatives or campaigns that reduce water pollution through policy change, clean-up, or technological change

Water Quality Index - pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous)

Water Quality Indicators

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