CONCEPT OF THE NGO-IDEAs TOOLBOX
NGO-IDEAs aims at:
- Empowering community based organisations (CBOs) and the poor among the rural communities to use impact monitoring for project management; and thus contributing to the sustainability of their project activities
- Empowering NGOs to further improve the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of their efforts by identifying best tools for impact Monitoring & Evaluation and best practices in the area of Savings & Credit
- Making social changes more visible in implementing and funding NGOs thus improving the development policy work
- Improving public recognition of NGOs and CBOs and their contribution to development.
Differentiated analysis of Well-Being (DAW)
Participatory Well-being Ranking is a familiar tool taken from the Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) context. This is already being used by a large number of NGOs. We have modified it slightly to Differentiated Analysis of Well-being (DAW). DAW clusters households according to well-being criteria which are identified by the CBO. It serves the purpose of poverty-oriented target group selection and assignment of impacts according to well-being or poverty criteria. With DAW, outcomes and impacts can be differentiated by more criteria such as gender, education, social status – whatever may be important for an organisation or a project.
Collective change (CC)
CC establishes changes in groups. This tool is used to assess the performance of a CBO. In CC, the NGO and the group agree on the criteria that the group’s quality as a whole can be measured with, and hence how it changes as an outcome or impact of the CBO members‘ self-help activities or of the NGO’s services.
Individual change (IC)
IC as a tool establishes changes among individuals and households. This tool sets an assumption that the people in the target group create their own vision of their future living conditions. The aim is to establish to what extent each member or each household has developed towards these targets as an outcome or impact of the CBO members‘ self-help activities or of the NGO’s services.
Analysis and reflection about changes (ARC)
ARC serves an in-depth analysis of impacts. ARC is the impact-analysis tool of the NGOs. It sets out from the methods of self-assessment of changes among individuals / households and in the group (IC and CC), elaborating their results with the support of a number of additional elements used at different levels of DAW, CC, IC. Here the NGOs can cull out the inferences from all the tools administered and attempt to analyse the causal links with reference to the areas where it intends to promote change.