Connecting local responses around the world
Kinshasa. Dusty as usual, but there are some clear stars shining through the dust. It has been more than 15 months since my last visit. There are flatscreen TVs now in the airport. I feel both a little nervous and excited. The friends of RDCCompetence come and pick me up with their usual hospitality. Already on the way to my Christian guesthouse, I hear some of the impressive progress that is happening over the last months. I feel the excitement takes over and have troubles sleeping under my blue mosquito net that night. I am too eager to start working with this outstanding team.
For 8 days, I worked with the national facilitation team. Main objectives were 1) to provide technical support to the three UNICEF projects that are currently running, 2) provide institutional support to the secretariat of RDCCompetence and 3) develop a strategy for M&E that meets all needs of the partners involved (e.g. Constellation, RDCCompetence, UNICEF and the communities).
Let me focus here on the last point. Why do we measure progress and how can we accurately measure the progress we make at various levels during a CLCP-related project? For us, we identified four major interests:
How to merge the above three interests in one measurement system of a project?
In short, we proposed the following to UNICEF:
- We, the Constellation/ RDCCompetence measure the results on our level. This includes indicators such as:
- The communities are invited to measure for each of their 3 priority practices (that they select themselves from the self-assessment framework):
- UNICEF in this case conducts a study of 3 questionnaires for health zones, families and mothers at the beginning and end of the project. UNICEF shares the outcomes with the community for two reasons: 1) To stimulate an even deeper discussion at the next self-assessment exercise and 2) To invite the community to improve their action and measurement plan given these external data.
For us, we felt that this struck a good balance, reaps synergies and respects needs and values at various levels. And it simplifies the M&E process to the extent possible.
Attached slideshow gives more depth to these ideas.
Your suggestions are most welcome. Oh yes, and below for inspiration. RDCCompetence's dream for 2030!