One of our core principles is effectiveness – we don’t implement unless it works. This means that all of our programs must be tested to evaluate whether or not they are delivering what they were designed to deliver.
As access to information steadily increases, there is no excuse for a lack of information on the impact that our programs have. We have a responsibility to our funders and primarily, to the children we serve, to make our programs as targeted and cost-effective as possible. We don’t have time to waste on programs that don’t work.
In order to ensure that our programs really do work, we evaluate all of them. All programs undergo regular monitoring and evaluation, and new programs undergo outcomes testing.
Each program has a unique set of checks, balances and reports that are in place to ensure accountability and appropriate resource management. Field staff complete necessary reports, which are submitted to and reviewed by our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team. The M&E and management teams also travel to sites to directly supervise implementation. These reports keep us up to date on the actual reach of our programs, ensuring effective management.
Along with the regular monitoring of program activities, each staff member and program undergoes evaluation. Staff members are assessed at minimum annually, and assessments are based on the monitoring data that has been collected, as well as feedback from relevant individuals and comparison to yearly goals. Overall program performance is evaluated on a monthly and yearly basis.
Outcomes testing is a key element in the development of a new program. In the pilot phase, we design pre and post tests to evaluate the real impact of the program. In most cases, these tests take the form of written surveys; however, they can include medical testing to determine and compare re-infection rates in program participants and control groups. All of our completed research, and research conducted by other parties and related to programs that we implement, is available on this page.