To best judge how effective our impact is, we closely monitor and evaluate (M&E) our programs on the ground. We have local M&E teams who conduct interviews and surveys with village leaders, teachers, students, and parents. This helps us to understand the needs of villages in which we operate, our impact on the community, and areas in which we can improve PoP operations and programming.
Our student database helps us understand who we are serving every year in our PoP schools. We document each PoP student’s name, age, gender, ethnicity, attendance, progression to next grade level, and grade in class.
Each year, we track village-wide student enrollment, attendance, retention from one grade to the next, progression from primary to secondary school, and grades and/or test scores. We expect to improve these metrics through the variety of educational programs we offer students and communities. In the developing world, calculating these types of metrics can be difficult. Check this out to see how we have approached this challenge to ensure the highest level of accuracy possible.
In addition, we follow individual PoP students through the years to assess their educational successes and failures, along with their understanding, attitude, and behavior regarding education and elements of SHINE. These yearly interviews will help us understand the impact that we have on individuals through our programming.