What specifically does Women Work Together seek to measure and learn?
- Develop a comprehensive system of a) program and b) organization evaluation that can be produced and iterated by the ADMITU staff.
- This system must speak to the mission of ADIMTU and fulfill local expectations, as well as speak to the mission of WWT and fulfill U.S.-based expectations for measuring social impact.
- Be confident that the ADIMTU staff can create and iterate their own system, or feel comfortable reaching out to other professionals for supplemental expertise.
- Be confident that the program participants themselves value and feel empowered to evaluate their own experiences.
- Be confident that a dialogue exists between the ADIMTU board and staff regarding the value and use of evaluations data.
Goals achieved during the Sept. 2013 trip:
- Based on the first full survey of participants conducted in February 2013 (the start of Guatemala’s school year), we implemented a year-end program and organization evaluation system (their school year ends in October.) This involved the development and employment of several tools, including handwritten surveys of teachers and directors, small group interviews in classrooms with all participants regarding their project experiences, small group interviews with girls who participated in the original Leadership Institutes, formal 30-45 minute individual interviews with girls about their personal experiences of education, and a handwritten survey of all graduating 3rd year girls.
- Provided a second training workshop for the ADIMTU staff regarding the importance of and how to develop and iterate an evaluations system.
- Continued (for a second time) to underscore the importance of reflection, giving one’s opinion, and evaluating activities in order to enhance the programs for the girls, their families, and their educators.
- Began to discuss with the ADIMTU board of directors the value of an evaluation system and to brainstorm how they could use the results for their own marketing and fundraising efforts.
- Hired an intern, Advín Orozco, to take charge of data collection year-round. Advín has already interned with ADIMTU for the past academic year and is finishing his university degree in social work, with an emphasis on understanding why girls drop out of middle school. His duties will involve inputting all remaining survey data into Excel, maintaining the current database of participants, and tracking down all past program participants via phone calls or home visits to learn what they are doing with the lives now.
Goals for February 2014:
- Register incoming students into our database and administer a socio-demographic survey.
- Obtain local registration and graduation rates for San Pedro Sacatepéquez for 2007-2013 and for those same years in a comparable district.