At Kulika, Impact is when beneficiaries livelihoods are sustained directly or indirectly by the work they do and services they offer. it is when the communities get empowered to make decisions, have enough to feed their families and afford basic needs.
We particularly measure impact by assessing productivity and incomes of the beneficiaries. By doing this we are able to prove our concept, build on our strength as well as improve our weak areas. we are constantly improving on our M&E system by establishing an online tool to capture real time data, analyze and use it effectively to influence our interventions and decisions.
Steps to determine our impact
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.We have key areas of emphasis when measuring our impact. This applies to all projects that we implement. From our M&E framework the following are considered.
We identify and analyze the beneficiary problems in the prevailing context to generate priorities, analyze the intended intervention, gather and manage the data through beneficiary visits, reflect critically on the information to improve our interventions and communicate and share the information with the beneficiary and shareholders
For each project that we implement, we divide total project operating cost by number of primary beneficiaries of the project. our aim is for each beneficiary to make a minimum of 2 dollars a day which is 1 dollar more than the world bank developing country assessment. We align project activities to achieve the planned 2 dollar income, we conduct participatory meetings with the beneficiaries to focus the earned income to improve household living standards of the beneficiaries
The following are the objectives of our impact assessment;
Proof of concept: We are constantly seeking to know whether our ideas and activities are yielding the expected results for our donors and beneficiaries and whether they are aligned to the vision and mission of Kulika Uganda.
Participants’ selection We conduct thorough selection of the participants using a succinct criteria. This enables us sieve the people who are interested in learning and put into practice what they have learnt. We physically make visits to the learners prior to the final selection to participate in the project. We profile the intending participants and their records and kept in the computer packages.
Training We emphasize on building capacity of the participants both in theory and practice. The focus in on practical sessions to allow clear understanding of the theoretical concepts learnt.
Follow up on-farm visits For the farmers, we conduct regular follow up visits to evaluate and provide guidance on the practical work done at the farm. We make observations on the farm and physically assess growing plants. For education beneficiaries, we endeavor to visit their Colleges and speak to the Teachers on the progress.
Recording data and analysis We instituted participatory data collection. For the farmer training project, the data is collected from the farmers by fellow farmers during the project. For the education projects, we conduct tracer studies to assess the improvement in livelihoods.
Participatory evaluations We conduct individual and group meetings to evaluate the progress of our activities and the intended outputs and outcomes. During the meetings, we solicit and record success stories as told by farmers themselves.
Knowledge management After proving our concept, all the information gathered in the process is kept in soft and hard copies. From our simple excel sheets, the data is analyzed to give us information. Some of our information is kept in brochures that we produce, reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) short video clips.
Refocus We use the information to review our activities for improvement and to keep the project in line with the expected results.
Sustainability We plan for sustainability right from the start of the project. We are increasingly concerned about our impact going beyond the project period and also causing positive improvement in the lives of the participating beneficiaries.