Impacts & Outcomes

Our new strategic framework focuses the Island Institute teams on where we are best positioned for impact and real-world outcomes. By measuring our impact with defined goals, we ensure accountability and transparency. The statements below and supporting data help clarify the contribution we seek to make in Maine and beyond.

The long-term and indirect effects of our work in community (programs) combined with other organizations and people working together on the issues.

Strong Leadership

Maine’s island and coastal communities are invested in creating strong leadership and maintaining social resilience through times of change.

Community Profiles

Resilient Economies

Maine’s island and coastal communities have resilient economies.

Climate Solutions

Maine’s island and coastal communities are at the forefront of implementing integrated climate change mitigation and
adaptation measures.


The effects our work produces on the people we serve or the issues we prioritize.

  1. Maine’s island and coastal leaders have the skills and resources to enact community-wide efforts in anticipation of and response to rapid change.
  2. Maine’s island and coastal residents have high-quality internet connections to support remote work and distance education.
  3. Maine’s island and coastal workforce has relevant skills in the digital economy, creative economy, and climate change response trades.
  4. Maine’s island and coastal businesses identified as too critical to fail are prepared for consequences of climate change and social and economic upheaval.
  5. Maine’s island and coastal communities have progressed toward climate readiness through investment in local infrastructure projects or engagement in regional initiatives.