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SPOs Impact Dashboard

$12,975.00 Requested
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Problem:

SPOs channelling part of their staking rewards to support social enterprise projects and environmental causes need powerful tools to measure and display the positive impact of their operations.

挑战: Dapps, Products & Integrations
not approved impact proposal Requested 0.165% of the fund.
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经验

Team of ImpactScope: 16 months of business operations at the intersection of positive impact and blockchain. 

Clients include large US crypto mining companies and leading European crypto exchanges. 

Composed of experts in blockchain, carbon finance and sustainability.

解决方案

An impact dashboard for SPOs that allows the comparison of supported projects and promotes those with the greatest social and environmental impact per amount staked.

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[IMPACT] Please describe your proposed solution.

The dashboard will allow viewers to compare the performance of different impact projects and create a benchmark for impact. The objective is to develop the ability to compare impact projects based on the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) methodology. In the methodology, the measurement of impact requires three main elements: intentionality, additionality and impact measurement

Our objective is to be able to apply the framework to projects found in impact staking pools, such as those Mission-Driven Pools. In the preliminary phase proposed in this document, the objective is to create a PoC dashboard capable of displaying impact generated mission-driven staking pools.

From a dedicated web portal impact stakers will be able to track the social and environmental performance of their delegated stakes and identify the performance per amount staked on different SPOs focusing on creating an impact.

[IMPACT] Please describe how your proposed solution will address the Challenge that you have submitted it in.

The SPO Impact dashboard will be visible to users who may be interested in delegating their stake to SPOs focusing on funding social and environmental projects. As such, the presence of the dashboard will help users identify the best projects, incentivize the creation of quality projects and provide tangible ways to measure their performance.

The proposal addresses the environmental element of the challenge focusing on the metrics:

  • amount of awareness being produced
  • number of people changing an environmentally damaging habit

as it will create a higher interest around impact SPOs while promoting those that produce a greater impact.

[IMPACT] What are the main risks that could prevent you from delivering the project successfully and please explain how you will mitigate each risk?

The concept of impact may sound intangible to SPOs but by using the GIIN framework: the objective of the proposals addresses the initial need to define impact metrics that can be standardized for use by any SPO. Some categorization may be necessary as not all types of impacts can be compared (e.g. it is not meaningful to compare the CO2 equivalent emissions for projects of different types).

SPOs may perceive the Impact Dashboard as competition and therefore could be hesitant to adopt it: the objective is to be able to implicitly create a challenge for good. Moreover, with the gamification element, Impact SPOs may increase the number of users as well as their engagement.

[FEASIBILITY] Please provide a detailed plan, including timeline and key milestones for delivering your proposal.

The Impact Dashboard will require the following intermediary phases:

Research and engagement with SPOs - Phase 1

  1. Preliminary analysis to identify the minimal common denominators of impact for SPOs focussing on impact staking
  2. Discussion with different SPOs to identify reusable impact measures
  3. Research on the applicability of GIIN impact investing framework to impact SPOs and identification of metrics
  4. Definition of a strategy to engage impact stakers

Impact dashboard structuring - Phase 2

  1. Definition of impact measures, mapping of metrics adopted from GIIN to corresponding metrics developed for Cardano SPOs
  2. Definition of the requirements for the Impact Dashboard

Phase 1 and 2 delivery: 2 months from the funding day

Impact Dashboard deployment - Phase 3

  1. Develop a methodology to pull data from impact SPOs
  2. Develop a methodology to push impact project metrics to SPOs
  3. Deployment of the Impact Dashboard
  4. Impact Dashboard testing

Launch, monitor and lessons learned -Phase 4

  1. Impact Dashboard PoC launch
  2. Monitor outcomes for a duration of two months and identify lessons learned through a user survey

Phase 3 and 4 delivery: 3 months from the conclusion of phases 1 and 2

To increase feasibility, we have already started engagement with two impact groups in the Cardano community-Carbon Neutral Cardano and Cardano for Climate

[FEASIBILITY] Please provide a detailed budget breakdown.

The Impact Dashboard will mainly require the involvement of the following profiles: a project manager/sustainability analyst(PM) and developer. The forecast rates are 65 USD/hour for the PM and 85 USD/hour for the developer.

The first two phases will be focused more significantly on the research on the applicability of GIIN framework and the identification of requirements for the PoC, with the main involvement of the Sustainability Analyst. The third phase, related to the deployment of the platform, will require a more significant engagement of the developer.

As such, the budget is split in accordance with the below:

1) Research and engagement with impact SPO: 3125 USD

PM: 35 hours*65 USD =2275 USD

Developer: 10 hours*85 USD = 850 USD

2) Impact Dashboard structuring: 2800 USD

PM: 30 hours*65 USD =1950 USD

Developer: 10 hours*85 USD = 850 USD

3) Impact Dashboard deployment: 5225

PM/SA: 15 hours*65 USD =975 USD

Developer: 50 hours*85 USD = 4250 USD

4) Launch, monitor and lesson learned: 1825 USD

PM: 15 hours*65 USD =975 USD

Developer: 10 hours*85 USD = 850 USD

Total: 3125+2800+5225+1825= 12975

The amount of hours requested over the total time period of 5 months is limited and compatible with the other 2 proposals submitted within the Catalyst by the ImpactScope team.

[FEASIBILITY] Please provide details of the people who will work on the project.

The team is composed of the following persons that have been collaborating for more than a year in ImpactScope; as such the team is already up to speed on general project execution.

Project Designer, Michele Soavi: 14 years of international experience at the intersection between finance, requirements analysis, Blockchain and sustainability

  • ·Requirement analysis for technological implementations with a specialization in Blockchain and Smart Contracts
  • Financial analysis and strategy arising from a solid Big4 background based on financial and operational audit
  • ·Sustainability reporting to account for social and environmental elements
  • ·MBA in Sustainable Business, PhD candidate researching on automation of Smart Contracts

Sustainability Metrics Lead, Mehul Derodra: 15 years of experience with an extensive background in traditional investing and FinTech.

  • Alumni in Sustainable Finance from CISL.
  • Combines his education and experience to explore how sustainability, impact investing and blockchain can be combined.
  • Leveraging extensive experience in equity derivatives sales and trading at leading investment banks, a strong quantitative background and a passion for technology.

Developer, Bencze Levente: Passionate about building DLT apps that help make the world a better place. Always learning.

  • Smart contracts: Plutus, Solidity
  • Backend: Node.JS, Laravel, Python, GO
  • Frontend: CSS3, HTML5, React.js, Angular.js
  • DataBase: SQL, MongoDB

Project Auditor, Sean Murphy: 15+ years in emerging technology and impact investment management. Former LP in East Africa’s first seed stage tech investment fund.

  • 4+ years at the intersection of carbon finance and blockchain.

    [FEASIBILITY] If you are funded, will you return to Catalyst in a later round for further funding? Please explain why / why not.

The proposal objective for this funding round is to create a PoC that can be subsequently scaled up in future Catalyst rounds.

Given the values of Cardano, we hope that the project will represent the start of a long-term collaboration with the community.

[AUDITABILITY] Please describe what you will measure to track your project's progress, and how will you measure these?

The objective is to create a document/deliverable for each of the 4 proposed steps in accordance with the following:

  1. Phase one would deliver a freely available method to derive concrete impact measures adapted for SPOs in Cardano
  2. A requirement analysis of the Impact Dashboard
  3. A PoC testing the feasibility of the general proposal
  4. A report on the PoC both from a technical and user-engagement perspective based on two months of Impact Dashboard availability within specific SPOs

The metrics we will focus on concern both the method and the Impact Dashboard developed.

Regarding the method, the metrics will concern the ability to give measures and standards that cover at least 50% of all existing SPOs, divided between SPOs with a social and an environmental objective (e.g. success if the method is applicable to 7 out of 12 social SPOs’ existing and 11 out the 15 focusing on environmental SPOs).

Regarding the Impact Dashboard, the metrics will be to test whether people would really check the dashboard. As such, the objective is to verify whether at least 20% of impact stakers using a specific SPO included in the PoC, are checking their impact data.

[AUDITABILITY] What does success for this project look like?

The hope for the project is around two main objectives:

  • Promoting the use of impact-driven SPOs as the Impact Dashboard implies a gamification element that could be leveraged to increase the usage of impact-driven SPOs. We hope that users enjoy such an element and get a boost of positive feelings leading to an increased engagement in Cardano

  • Promoting the development of SPOs that provide a greater impact-driven ROI and that ultimately, over the long term, the amount contributed to impact projects will increase in the Cardano community and impact-driven SPOs will become more mainstream

    [AUDITABILITY] Please provide information on whether this proposal is a continuation of a previously funded project in Catalyst or an entirely new one.

It is an entirely new project

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Rating

The project focuses on the following SDGs:

  • #8 decent work and economic growth
  • #12 responsible consumption and production

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SPOs that distribute a portion of their staking rewards to support social enterprise projects and environmental causes need powerful tools to measure and display the positive impact of their operations. Create an impact dashboard for SPO that allows to compare supported projects and promote those with the biggest social and environmental impact per stake. Here's a good way to help meet this challenge. This proposal can scale up the challenge to solve future problems it helps to make more people aware of Cardano. In this proposal, I have not seen the author raise the risks that the challenge may face.

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Given the circumstances we currently find ourselves in, fostering an awareness of sustainability and environmental balance is of utmost importance. And other SPOs are doing their part by funding impact initiatives that are bringing about change in various parts of the world. However, the entry of additional cash to these delegation pools is hampered by the lack of transparency between the delegators of such Pools and the impact of the funded initiatives. The author aims to pull back this curtain and let delegations evaluate the effect that their contributions have strengthened. This response to the issue from various viewpoints, one of which is the influx of extra money and traffic across the chain and greater adoption when users are given a tool to evaluate the aforementioned data. This could also attract outside actors looking for a way to effect change. Through this concept, Cardano might become a blockchain of people who care about the environment and increase people's knowledge of it. The main issue, however, would be the standard criteria used to evaluate the impacts, which can wind up being biased toward one over the other given that not all effects might appear to be significant at first glance. Even though the author addresses this, the approach will never seem fair and acceptable unless a workable mitigation mechanism is developed.

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In my understanding, this proposals goal is to create a dashboard where the staking rewards of mission-driven SPOs are tracked and measured, so that the delegators can follow the impact of their staking impact in the real world. Simply put, it is a product that aims to bring transparency to mission-driven SPOs and their delegators. The purpose is stated clearly, and the proposed solution addresses this problem.

This type of integration or improvement for people invested in mission-driven SPOs might seem non-impactful at first, but I believe (personal opinion) that this integration has the potential of attracting more users than most would think. For example: Let’s say person A invests in a charity organization, wouldn’t that person want to (1) ensure that the investment goes directly to the intended purpose, and (2) want to know if there are other organizations that could provide better support? That is where the relevancy and strengths lie within this proposal, in that brutal transparency. It will also benefit both delegators and SPOs, targeting different ‘roles’ in the Cardano ecosystem. As the proposer states in the proposal, it will also ‘incentivize the creation of quality projects and provide tangible ways to measure their performance’. 
Considering that many mission-driven SPOs are focused on improving the environment, I agree with the proposers statement that it addresses the challenge by increasing awareness, and potentially incentivising people into changing from environmentally damaging habits.

I love the plan of using an outside framework for measuring impact (by using the GIIN-network, linked in the proposal), by looking at things from another perspective it will increase the credibility of the framework and might also inspire new ideas. Another potential risk is mentioned under the same section in the proposal, what if SPOs are interpreting the framework as competition, and refrains from using it? A change to a more constructive and positive mindset will definitely be needed, and I would’ve liked to see a paragraph in the proposal on how the proposer aims to explain to SPOs what the benefits will be for them personally, without just seeing competition and challenge between them. 

There is definitely a long term plan to keep developing the proposal, and on the Cardano Blockchain. In my experience as a researcher, it is also see KPIs that not only measure the success of the product, but also the method used. In my 4 rounds as a PA, I think I’ve only seen it included once (which speaks very well for the competency and commitment of the proposer.) Overall, I strongly agree that this proposal effectively addresses the challenge.

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Based on the information provided in this proposal, I believe that it addresses the challenge setting. The proposers aim to create an SPO impact dashboard that can show people the social and environmental impact of mission-driven pools using the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). These mission-driven pools use staked funds to do things like environmental conservation/restoration and education. From the dedicated web portal, users will be able to see the impacts generated by these stake pools. This proposal provides a unique solution to a problem on the Cardano blockchain – people who want to delegate their stake don’t have a way to measure whether their staked ADA will actually make an impact through these mission-driven pools. The proposal addresses the environmental part of the challenge setting by measuring the amount of awareness being produced and the number of people changing an environmentally damaging habit. Generating more interest in the mission-driven pools will increase the number of delegators, which will, in theory, provide more funding to the SPOs to follow through with their missions. This project is a great integration that will provide much utility to the Cardano ecosystem.

The proposers addressed the concern that SPOs may be hesitant to adopt the dashboard since they may see it as a way to generate competition. However, it is more beneficial for the SPOs to participate because they can generate more awareness for their causes. The proposers also addressed future sustainability (more on this in feasibility rationale).

Overall, I do not have any critiques for impact, so I can give it a score of 5. (score given: 5)

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SPOs are the backbone of the whole network and being a SPO is hard work since you need to run a node plus you need to attract stake.

Many SPOs commit to a cause but as a community member it is hard to keep track of all of the SPOs and the success of their commitment.

The proposed application aims to fix this. If they would succeed this would have a positive impact on the community and the alignment of SPOs to sustainability goals.

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The idea of the proposal is to create a website that has a control panel so that potential SPO delegates related to social and environmental impacts can see the ROI and other comparative metrics.

The problem observed is that the delegator who wants to associate his ADA with some SPO that has an environmental and/or social impact cannot make a comparison of its ROI, that is, what is the efficiency of that staking made for a given SPO.

This proposal aligns with the challenge in two different ways: a) directly: creating a new staking possibility, adding “features” to the blockchain; and b) indirectly: the more efficient the investments (the delegate will have the ability to choose the most efficient SPO, and the SPO will have the ability to verify their own efficiency and create strategies to increase it), the more visibility Cardano will have for society in general. Due to the increasing global concern about climate change, any institution that has sound and efficient investments in this area will bring attention to itself (and it may bring new people to contribute and use the blockchain).

The objectives and metrics are correlated with the success and construction of the proposal phases. Therefore, on the objective side, they explore the ability to deliver the four phases of the project, generating something concrete for each of them. In terms of metrics, the proposal presents two subdivisions: methodological and impact. All these aspects are correlated with the challenge and aim to fulfill the ADA's mission.

It should be mentioned that the project aims to create the PoC. Therefore, the scalability of the project will be related to future development. However, once it is tested and approved, it will be an essential tool for everyone who wants to make a difference by allocating their ADA in SPO with this social and/or environmental bias.

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The team outline a plan to create a dashboard for SPOs that showcases the impact of each operator so that delegators can make informed decisions of where to stake their ADA. The team outline the methodology they intend to try and follow from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) that has three main elements of intentionality, additionality and impact measurement. The proposal does not outline the way in which they will measure impact and have added this as part of the research phase for the proposal. This makes it much more difficult to understand and provide feedback on the potential impact of these impact factors and how they could apply to the impact focussed SPOs in the ecosystem. Another piece of information that would have been useful to try and determine whether this would be impactful is how many impact SPOs would be relevant for this application today? This would give some indication towards the realities of potential adoption and the amount of complexity faced by stakers to make decisions on which SPO provides the most impact.

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The timeline is clearly defined, the author gives 4 stages to implement this project: research and interaction with SPO; cook bamboo impact panel; impact dashboard implementation; Activating, monitoring and drawing lessons from these stages, the author lists in detail what to do after each stage. This timeline makes perfect sense to make this project a success. The SPO Impact Dashboard will be visible to users who may be interested in delegating their shares to SPOs focused on funding social and environmental projects. The presence of the dashboard will help users identify the best projects, encourage the creation of quality projects, and provide tangible ways to measure their performance. The success of the project is highlighted by the author's results as driving the use of SPO towards impact as the impact panel implies an element of gamification that can be leveraged to increase usage SPO in the direction of impact. Drive the growth of SPOs that provide ROI towards greater impact and ultimately, in the long run, the amount contributed to impact projects will increase in the Cardano community and impact-driven SPOs will become should be more mainstream. These are the successes that the author will achieve if the project is funded. These successes are entirely related to the challenge of the campaign.

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The team appears to have filled all of the gaps, from coders to advisors. The team's collective experience is astounding, and it appears they have what it takes to launch this project. The timetable provided, despite having more one-liner milestones, is self-explanatory and provides enough information for a reader like myself to understand their strategy. The budget also makes up a relatively small portion of the total amount allocated, which is perfectly appropriate for a five-month timeline. In my perspective, the idea and another proposal titled "Proof of Impact NFTs for SPOs" work together to build a whole project. The plans would therefore make more sense if both were supported, and although the proposals are completely independent, the community may need to keep that in mind. The workload and time allocation would be a concern given that the same team is working on both ideas. As a result, I rate the author's background research and explanation of the proposal's viability as 4 out of 5.

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The proposal includes a clear roadmap (divided in 4 stages) with milestones included on a timeframe of roughly 5 months. As a researcher, seeing analysis being dedicated time and effort in each phase, with a steady progression towards the final product speaks well for the expertise and commitment of the team. The methodology is also given a lot of time during development, which probably will minimise the potential risks or hinders that are found during the development phase. 
The budget breakdown is VERY well put together, and doesn’t leave much room for guesses. We are presented with what responsibility profiles are needed, the forecast hourly rates of these along with presentation of the estimated work hours for each responsibility. They even include a paragraph on which responsibilities that will be under heavier pressure during what phases, which is exemplary. The team is transparent with them having two other proposals for Fund 9, and reassures us that the potential risk of work-overload (if all of them are funded) have been considered into the calculations. The total budget asked for is also relatively small in comparison to other projects. 

The team is presented with responsibility areas, expertise and experience. All of them have LinkedIn-profiles linked, so we are able to verify all of the information listed. The team definitively has the competency and experience to complete this project. A nice addition to the team presentation is that they choose to include tiny bits that tell us that they really are idealistically motivated in trying to create a better world. The proposal also includes the official website of the proposing team (Impactscope). 
To top it off, they have started discussions on potential collaborations with two very well-known groups within the Cardano ecosystem (Cardano4Climate and Carbon Neutral Cardano), which fits very well into the core values that seems to drive the team forward. It will be interesting to see what collaborations that may come out of this. 

I don’t want to sound biased in my rationale, but I have no suggestions for further improvements of this proposal. I strongly agree that it is highly likely that this proposal will be implemented successfully.

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Based on the information provided in the proposal, I believe that it will be successfully implemented. The proposers listed out a very thorough roadmap that lasts 5 months, and it was very clear what tasks would be completed at what time in the plan. The first two months involve research and engagement with SPOs as well as impact dashboard structuring. Key points from this section are analysis to determine the “minimal common denominators of impact for SPOs focussing on impact staking,” “discussion with SPOs to determine reusable impact measures,” research for the GIIN framework and how it applies to impact stake pools, and coming up with a strategy to engage impact stakers. The requirements for the dashboard will also be determined during this phase. In the next three months, impact dashboard deployment and launch, monitor, and lessons learned will be the focus areas. Developing the methodologies to pull data from the SPOs will definitely be one of the more challenging parts of this section, but I think the proposers were smart to give themselves 3 months. Overall, all of the tasks in the proposal seem very reasonable to complete in the given amount of time, so I do not have any critiques about that part of feasibility.

For the budget ($12,975 total), there was a very good breakdown of the costs associated with this proposal. There will be two main people involved: the project manager/sustainability analyst (65 USD/hr) and developer (85 USD/hr). The entire budget breakdown was based on those two pay rates and the overall costs were forecasted by multiplying estimated work hours with the pay rates. I think the pay rates seem reasonable for the positions, and the overall budget makes sense given the scope of the project – it is not incredibly large and does not involve too many people, so the budget seems fine from my perspective.

The proposers themselves are already part of a team, so they have a general sense of project execution. Michele Soavi is the project designer with 14 years of experience with finance, blockchain, and sustainability. Mehul Derodra is the sustainability metrics lead and has 15 years of experience with an extensive background in traditional investing and FinTech. Bencze Levente is the developer for the project who has experience with smart contracts, backend, frontend, and databases. All of those skills will likely be necessary for this project. The project auditor, Sean Murphy, has over 15 years of experience with emerging technology and impact investing management. Overall, all four members of the team have the necessary skills and expertise to make this project successful.

The proposers said that this proposal will be to construct a proof-of-concept and that they hope this project will become a longer term collaboration with the Cardano community. As a result, they will return for more funding if things are successful with this initial part of the larger project.

I did not have any critiques of this proposal for feasibility, so I can give it a score of 5. (score given: 5)

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Developing a framework to asses certain criteria is always hard but the team is highly experienced and equipped with the skills necessary to deliver the product in time. The roadmap and budget provided by the team is realistic and takes the most important things into account. After reading the teams information and comparing it to the task it seems highly likely that they will succeed.

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In order to verify its feasibility, we need to verify the following aspects: 1 – roadmap: The roadmap is well written and has its activities well defined and limited in time, which is good. There are some suggestions that can be considered as points of improvement for the elaboration of this part. I believe that, especially in phase 3, which is the development of the platform itself, it would be very important to explain the plan to achieve this result (what was stated is the expected result and not the steps and tools that will be used to achieve this result. this particular objective). Therefore, although the team has specialized people to develop this part and already has money allocated for this purpose, it would be important to break each task down into smaller tasks, emphasizing what would be needed to complete them and the expected time.

2 – budget: The budget shown is well explained. However, it only has an allocation for hours worked, which leaves me in doubt about the need for any software or material needed to perform this task. Also, as a suggestion, I think a resource for a marketing specialist could be added, since the success of the platform is correlated with the awareness of the idea in the community.

3 – team: The team gathers all the necessary skills to carry out the tasks described by this project. However, as mentioned before, I believe that adding a member who has knowledge in marketing would be interesting to increase the project's growth rate.

4 – risk management: The risks seem to be mapped out. However, what worries me is the engagement of the SPOs which, as mentioned, may not see this project with good eyes, since they would have to expose their flaws and risk losing staking. Once again, as a suggestion for improvement and mitigation of this risk, it would be interesting to add someone to the team who knows not only marketing, but marketing associated with sustainability, to create and unify the course and positive points of this proposal (which are diverse, especially the opportunity of the SPO to create strategies to improve).

5 – self-funding/scalability:The project has everything to be scalable after the PoC. And for final development, they will likely return to the Catalyst Fund.

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The team provides an existing business they have been involved with called impact scope (https://impactscope.com/). A number of phases is provided breaking down how the proposal will be executed. A break down of the budget and hourly rate is provided and they have also mentioned existing climate initiatives that they have reached out to in the community. The background of the team is provided with professional provides, the team members have a mixture of experience in finance and software development. The budget is very reasonable for the proposals intention. The difficulty with this proposal is without any mention of the types of metrics that the proposal intends to track (as this is part of the research phase) it is hard to know with any confidence whether they will be able to feasibly extract this data at the implementation stage once these are defined. This gives the proposal a lot of unknowns. Overall if the team can find some suitable metrics that are sufficient effective and realistically attainable then this proposal could be feasible given the plan and team details provided.

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Does the proposal provides sufficient information to assess and audit progress and completion?

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The author has outlined four steps to make their progress easy to follow and measure: phase one will provide a freely available method for delivering specific impact measures tailored to Cardano SPOs; requirements analysis of the Impact Dashboard; a PoC that tests the feasibility of the joint proposal; a report on PoC both from a technical and user interaction perspective based on two months of impact dashboard availability in specific SPOs. These are the indicators that the author will focus on to develop. These metrics are completely trackable. The proposed funding budget is $12.975 less than 20% of the entire challenge budget. The budget is broken down by the author by hours taken in chunks that are relevant to the current challenge. The team consists of 4 members implementing this project, they include: Michele Soavi is the project designer; Mehul Derodra is the leader of the metrics team; Bencze Levente is the developer; Sean Murphy is the project auditor. These are elite members who have a lot of experience in many different professions. Their areas of expertise are well-suited to this challenge. This is a brand new project and waiting to be funded.

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The proposer, who has described potential performance indicators that the community can use to measure the project's success, is aware of what success looks like. The KPIs and the challenge's metrics line up. By using concrete impact measures to analyze SPOs, a report on requirement analysis, and a report on Poc from a technical and user-engagement perspective, the proposer's intention is to inform the community of each outcome and proceed with the development step-by-step while keeping in mind the next phase. The proposal's success is determined specifically in two ways that address the issue, either by increasing the usage of impact-driven SPOs, which will increase Cardano engagement or by encouraging the development of SPOs, which will increase the overall impact produced by the Cardano chain and also provide a greater impact-driven ROI. Given the transparency of the indicators and the observable consequences, it should be simple to audit the proposal's success.

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As stated under ‘feasibility’, the roadmap has very clear milestones, and the time horizon is as well. The proposing team seems to have experience in research given its methodical process (will share a public document for each proposed steps that will follow metrics that focus on both method and development progress). 
They will investigate the dashboards ability to cover at least 50% of the SPOs, which is ambitious but not impossible. It depends on whether or not they are talking about mission-driven SPOs (probable) or not. 
It is a good choice to measure not only how many SPOs that will use the dashboard, but also how many of the delegators who also check the dashboard (as the proposer intends). 
The measurements of success is once again hinting at the larger picture of the project. They intend to encourage more mission-driven SPOs that will impact more and more people in the world, through Cardano. It is potentially difficult and a bit intangible to measure this type of impact on a larger scale, which might be something to think on for future proposals: How will we measure what impact our framework or products will have on the world? 
If I would make a suggestion, I would just include some links on where the community could follow the development progress (I’m assuming it will be the official website or their official twitter channel) and communicate directly with the proposing team. It would also be nice to see if the proposer aims to include the community in providing feedback and if so, to what extent (and where). 

Conclusively, due to the reasons listed above: I agree that this proposal provides me with sufficient information to assess the progress in attaining its stated goals.

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Based on the information provided in the proposal, I think that this proposal is mostly auditable by the Cardano community. The proposers mentioned that they will have a document or deliverable for each of their 4 phases. Phase 1 will deliver a method to derive impact measures adapted for SPOs in Cardano. Phase 2 will deliver the requirements for the impact dashboard. Phase 3 will deliver the PoC testing the feasibility of the general proposal. Lastly, phase 4 will deliver a report on the PoC from both the technical and user-engagement perspectives after 2 months of the dashboard’s launch.

Success for the metrics that will be used on the stake pools will be met if the measures/standards cover at least 50% of all stake pools, divided between the pools with social and environmental objectives. Success for the impact dashboard will be met if 20% of impact stakers use the dashboard to check their impact data. Both of these metrics of success are very good because they provide a concrete comparison number that the Cardano community can use to see if the proposal was successful.

The overarching goals of this proposal are to increase the interest in mission-driven stake pools and promote the development of SPOs that provide more impact-driven ROI. These goals are something that will definitely be trackable by the community and are also worthy goals to pursue.

My only critique of the proposal is that they did not mention how they will share out progress checks or documentation with the community. Is there a website that can be used? A GitHub page for the code? I see a GitHub page was linked, so I can guess that is where the information will be published, but explicitly stating that in the proposal would have helped me more easily make that connection.

I did not have any other critiques of this proposal’s auditability, except for the lack of mentioning where the information will be published, so I can give this proposal a score of 4 for auditability. (score given: 4)

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The team provides extensive information on the development process. This information in combination with regular updates/documentation allows relatively easy audit by the community.

The team has a clear vision what success looks like. Their idea fits the challenge setting.

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1 – roadmap w/ milestones: Because the project does not explode macro tasks into smaller tasks with “deliverables”, it is complex to audit. This is due to not knowing when these details will be made and delivered/shown to the public.

2 – Metrics and KPI:Metrics and KPI are well related to the PoC development and they are consistent to know if the development is going well or if they should change the strategy.

3 – Channel:A channel through which information can be shared was not explained. It would be interesting to let members of the cardano community participate in the development of metrics (in addition to the SPO).

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In regards to tracking project progress the team outline the intention to document the different stages of the proposal delivery. This includes the first stage of the impact measures that need to be defined. This will be an important thing to document and showcase to the community as it will help to reveal some of the issues faced in trying to measure impact by defining what could be measured and any difficulties in tracking and extracting that data. The team also outline how they would intend to track the usage of the dashboard by SPOs. Success for this project is helping to identify the impact based SPOs in the ecosystem and start to help with creating benchmarks in which to compare and improve the impact being delivered. Given the evidence of previous execution with impactscope, the github source provided and the plan outlined it appears that this proposal should be auditable for the community and the intentions of the proposal have sufficient clarity.

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