Shining Hope for Communities is committed to rigorously measuring and evaluating our impact on the community and the effectiveness of our programs. We document the direct impact of each of Shining Hope’s programs on our participants, constantly evaluating and adapting to ensure the highest possible impact.
In November and December 2010, Shining Hope laid the foundation by which to measure its long-term impact on the Kibera community by establishing a representative community baseline. This comprehensive household survey covered domains of program utilization, family roles and gender attitudes, health treatment and satisfaction, gender violence, economics, and educational attainment.
The community baseline study used GPS technology to randomly survey 1,289 households in our home “village” (district) of Kibera, Gatwekera, and two neighboring villages: Kisumu-ndogo and Soweto. We employed over twenty local interviewers to conduct the interviews and enter the data. All researchers underwent a comprehensive training process and collected data under close field supervision. The study received IRB-approval from Wesleyan University.
In 2011, we focused on implementing program-specific evaluations and will be conducting a follow up community survey this November and December. Now that the groundwork has been laid, in 2012 our focus will be on analyzing the community survey data against our program-specific data to get a full picture of Shining Hope’s impact. As a testament to how essential we believe metrics and evaluation to be to the effectiveness of an organization, Shining Hope has brought on a Strategy and Evaluation director to spearhead the growth of our M&E program.