Our vision is a world without poverty.
It’s a lofty goal but one we’re committed to achieving. To get a broad, balanced understanding of our impact, we use various methods to measure and evaluate our work.
Good data helps us monitor our projects.
We need accurate data, to quantify how many people we’ve reached, and to assess the results of our programs. But data can only tell one part of the story. It’s easy to count people we’ve trained, or how many workshops we’ve facilitated. It’s much more difficult to measure if someone’s sense of self-worth has increased and how they have been empowered. And yet it is a vitally important part of our process.
We must not lose sight of the individual.
This could happen when we focus too strongly on numbers. Each figure on a chart or diagram is a person, and each has a story. We handicap ourselves if we think only in terms of outcomes and results, and fail to grasp the human dimensions of the process at the community level.
Quality – even more than quantity – is what matters.
We want people to feel valued – that their potential is being realised and talents harnessed. This kind of empowerment is infectious and will continue to impact others beyond our immediate reach. This is why working with individuals, and at a community level, is so important if we are to make a lasting difference. Sometimes this is easy to measure, sometimes it isn’t. That’s why we demonstrate our accomplishments in a variety of ways – from graphs and charts, to personal testimonials and case studies. Each adds something of value to the bigger picture.
More on Programs
How we utilise data and other information throughout the project cycle from design through implemenation, monitoring, evaluation and complete the feedback loop is further elaborated upon in our Programs section