Become a Certified Professional Impact Analyst

One way to improve the effectiveness of international development programs is to equip professionals with the skills of impact analysis: assessment, finance, and evaluation. The Impact Bridges Group has a strong working relationship with the faculty members at Queen’s University in charge of the design and delivery of a training program that focuses on these skills.

The program, referred to as CPIA (Certified Professional Impact Analyst), offers three courses: Discover Impact, Finance Impact, Measure Impact. Individuals who complete all three courses and a qualifying exam, are eligible for the designation of Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA).

Three Courses. One Designation.


The three CPIA courses are designed for all professionals involved in designing, financing, implementing, monitoring, or evaluating social interventions, public policies, or international development projects. Each course is one-week, and comprises lectures, in-class discussions, and applied case studies to ensure that participants can apply the concepts they learn to practical projects.

The upcoming course is Discover Impact (May 13-17, 2019). For more information on CPIA or to register for the program, please visit

Click here to view the CPIA brochure.



the next generation impact bond





New Research Project - Coming Soon


This three-year randomized controlled trial, involved 300 HIV-positive patients, who had not begun antiretroviral therapy (ART). The results showed a 48 per cent decrease in the rate of CD4 decline. CD4 cells are a type of white blood cell that plays a crucial role in protecting the body from infection. The HIV virus attacks and destroys the CD4 cells of a person’s immune system. CD4 counts are a strong indicator of the progression of the disease. A low CD4 count is one of the ways to tell if a person living with HIV has progressed to stage 3 infection (AIDS). Funded by Global Benefit Canada, now IBG, the study was conducted by medical professionals in Rwanda, and supported by Canadians Dr. Don Warren, ND. Dr. Ed Mills and Dr. Dugald Seely. 

Selenium is an essential trace mineral known for its antioxidant properties and for its role in preserving immune competency. The main source of selenium in the body comes from food; the amount of selenium in food depends on where the food is grown or raised. The level of selenium in soils varies significantly around the world. Dr. Harold Foster, a medical geographer, theorized that the reason AIDS was so prevalent in East and South Africa was because of the low levels of selenium in the soil. The study shows that selenium supplementation may be a positive way to slow the progression of the disease in HIV positive persons.

Coming soon

Use of Diagnostic Technology to Improve Impact



Sci-Bots Inc. is developing the next generation of tools to automate and miniaturize biology and chemistry. Their portable and easy-to-use DropBot platform uses a technology called digital microfluidics to transform lab experiments into digital objects that can be optimized, shared to the cloud, and replicated anywhere in the world with perfect fidelity.

DropBot is an open-source Digital Microfluidic (DMF) automation system developed in the University of Toronto’s Wheeler Lab. It can be used to manipulate discrete droplets on the surface of an array of electrodes coated with a hydrophobic insulator. DMF has many applications in the fields of biology and chemistry, including diagnostics, cell-based assays, and chemical synthesis. The DropBot features a modular and extensible design, an intuitive user interface, and is capable of driving up to 120 independent channels. It also provides dynamic impedance sensing which enables closed-loop control and real-time measurement of:

  • drop position
  • instantaneous drop velocity
  • electrostatic driving force

DropBot is built around an Arduino-based instrument and is controlled by a custom software interface called Microdrop. Users can activate/deactivate electrodes on the DMF device by clicking their mouse on the webcam video overlay, providing an intuitive interface with real-time visual feedback. Sequences of actuation steps can be pre-programmed and run automatically, enabling fully automated operation. The system is designed as a loosely-coupled set of modules, which means that it is relatively easy to extend the hardware and/or software capabilities.

DropBot was featured in a recent article (Ng. et al., "A Digital Microfluidic System for Serological Immunoassays in Remote Settings" Sci. Trans. Med. 2018, 10) describing our 2016 field-study in a Kenyan refugee camp where we tested droplet-sized blood samples for measles and rubella antibodies. The story got picked up by severalnews outlets and even made national TV. This story is of particular interest, because the instrument developed for this project formed the basis for the new DropBot and ultimately led to the founding of Sci-Bots!



Fio Corporation

Embed data capture into routine workflow

Fionet connects mobile companion devices that guide diagnosis, treatment and record-keeping with web-based tools for remote oversight and reporting.

Deki Reader


The Deki Reader provides step-by-step guidance for performing rapid diagnostic tests and delivers an objective analysis of results. Meanwhile, Fionet provides test-by-test traceability.

The Deki Reader is a rugged, in vitro diagnostic device for use with commercially available lateral flow immunoassays (commonly known as rapid diagnostic tests) and Fionet mobile software.

The Deki Reader provides:

  • Step-by-step guidance for performing rapid diagnostic tests
  • Quality checks for rejecting misprocessed tests
  • An objective analysis of test results
  • Test-by-test traceability via records uploaded to Fionet
  • Feedback from remote managers using Fionet two-way messaging
  • Configurable workflows for standardizing care delivery and data capture