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Module 4: Monitor and Evaluate

Develop tools to collect data on the impact of a multiple intervention

  • Collect data across organizations, levels and systems on the quantity and quality of activities.
  • Ensure all system levels are considered.

Develop data collection tools to capture coordinated and synergistic effects

It’s not enough to develop data-collection tools for each single intervention used your program. Those data might be needed, but you’ll need additional tools that focus on assessing the effects of more than one intervention.  These effects are likely the result of synergies. For example:

Intervention a data collection = outcome a
Intervention b data collection = outcome b
Intervention a + b combined data collection = outcome c = synergies

Consider the timing of data collection

The timing of when you collect data can be important. Data from different levels of targets can be of interest at different stages of the intervention, so you’ll add or target a different level for data collection later. As well, process data such as minutes and e-mail are usually collected throughout the project, but other outcome data, such as satisfaction surveys, may be collected only when the project ends.

Develop data collection tools to measure sustainability

Review your data collection tools to determine which sets are picking up short-term objectives, or long-term objectives, or both. As well, ask yourself whether you need to develop specific tools that would examine sustainability.

Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana: Tools for measuring sustainability

The advisory committee developed indicators to determine what constituted a "capable community".  This helped develop a common vision of what the project might achieve if it were sustained.  The list of indicators became the data collection tool for measuring sustainability.  The list was completed by the advisory committee members half-way through the project and again at the end of the project. 
Plan enough time to monitor sustainability.

Your evaluation plan estimates when you’ll be able to assess whether your multiple intervention program was successful. Multiple interventions usually take longer than single interventions to have an effect. You know that an intervention has been sustained when it has become part of an organization’s ongoing program component: for example, offering ESL classes or any programs for women in combination with childcare and transportation. You also know if monitoring tools are sustained when they have become part of an organization’s standard data collection form.

Sustainability is much more assured when a policy is established to ensure the changes your intervention was trying to bring about are in place and enforced.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 10:52