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Impact. Are we making a difference?. João Armando G. - ESC 6th Forum on Youth Programme and Adult Resources Obidos, Portugal, 18 - 22 March 2009. Impact? What Impact?. What impact are we talking about? Internal: In young people? In local groups? In regions?

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Impact

Are we making a difference?

João Armando G. - ESC

6th Forum on Youth Programme and Adult Resources

Obidos, Portugal, 18 - 22 March 2009


Impact? What Impact?

What impact are we talking about?

  • Internal: In young people? In local groups? In regions?

  • External: Also the environment’s Impact on us


  • We invest a lot in enabling Input

    (people, money, materials…)

  • We organize a lot of Activities

    (trainings, handbooks, camps…)

  • We can measure our Output

    (People trained, participants in camps…)

  • We can identify some Outcomes from what we do

    (More progression, better acountability…)

  • But how can we know what real Impact we have?


  • Impact is all changes resulting from an activity, project or organisation. It includes

    • intended as well as unintended,

    • negative as well as positive, and

    • long-term as well as short-term effects

  • Impact = Outcome is less estimation of what would have happened anyway


What was the last thing you have done that will probably have an Impact in the local groups of your association?


Key topics related to impact

  • Culture & Structure

  • Participation & Communication

  • Quality experiences

  • Evaluation/assessment/review


1. Culture & Structure


  • Culture is defined as a set of shared beliefs, values, customs, norms and behaviors that members of a society use to relate to their world and each other.


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…or…

Local

Regional

Local

Local

Local

Local

Regional

National

Local

Local

Local

Local

Regional


2. Participation & communication


Participation may mean to involve people in building the process of change and not only to be informed at the end of it


Benefits of Participation

Democracy – strengthens committment of members

Decisions – more robust and less controversial

Knowledge – integrates different types of knowledge

Project – allows adjustments from the early phase

Quality in the decision making process – more sustained decisions improving the acceptance

Implementation – makes it easy


Dimensions on participation


Levels of participation(David Wilcox)


Participation tools

Scout magazine

Website (+ Forums)

Newsletters

Caravans

Assemblies

Workshops

Seminars

Training sessions

Focus groups

Pilot groups

Surveys

(e)Mailings

Road shows

Interviews

Meetings

Leaflets

Partnerships

Conferences & Foruns

Call center

Resource center

Polls

Networks

(Educational) Materials

Events


3. Qualityexperiences


  • Making people go through a concrete experience is the best way to have an impact

  • "Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you"

    (Aldous Huxley)

    Tell me and I’ll forget;Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese Proverb


4. Assessment /review /evaluation


Doing Quality work is…

  • Not just playing at activities

  • Not only organising camps & big events

  • Not only writing programmes and books

  • Not only discussing around the campfire

  • Not only having improved training systems


But using the Quality Spiral

PLAN

William Edwards Deming(14/10/1900 – 20/12/1993)

ACT

DO

CHECK


  • Evaluation is a systematic process of collecting and analyzing information that determines to what extent an action, project or programme has achieved its defined goals and objectives.

  • A culture of EAR must be encouraged in all levels

  • Evaluation is a good thing

  • Evaluation is a starting point


Measuring Impact

  • Some impacts cannot be measured

  • There are short, medium and long term impacts

  • There are unantecipated impacts

  • Methods

    • Quantitative

    • Qualitative


Measuring impact - tips

  • Identify your “audiance(s)” and prioritise

  • Think about measuring from the beginning

  • Set a number of possible indicators (bare in mind the “distance travelled”)

  • Include monitoring (follow what is happening)

  • Use collaborative and “fit-to-purpose” methods

  • “think out of the (scout) box”


Thank you for your attention


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