EVALUATION

What makes a successful project? There are no easy answers. Community participation, a real understanding of the local needs and priorities, motivated and committed staff will all play an important part. Careful planning of projects is a stage that is easily missed out in people’s enthusiasm to get on with the work. Unless the people working for a project give time to planning and setting priorities and aims, they will not know whether they are achieving anything. They will be unable to evaluate their work (in other words, to measure its effectiveness) and unable to adjust their work accordingly. 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 17.

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  • Bible study: Our hands

    Our hands from the Salvation Army, Vepery, Madras. Read Ecclesiastes 9:10 and Psalm 31: 14-15. Ask yourself some of these questions...

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  • Editorial

    What makes a successful project? There are no easy answers. Community participation, a real understanding of the local needs and priorities, motivated and committed staff will all play an important part. Careful planning of projects is a stage that is easily missed out in people’s enthusiasm to get on with the work. Unless the people working for a project give time to planning and setting priorities and aims, they will not know whether they are achieving anything. They will be unable to ...

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  • Female Health in the Indian Sub-continent

    by Mridula Banyopadhyay. The year 2000 is fast approaching and the goal of achieving ‘Health for all’ by the year 2000 is staring at us. In spite of all the programmes and policies to deliver primary health care, health for all has not been achieved in most of the developing countries of the world.

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  • Footsteps and its readers

    Just as the survey has provided us with a fascinating picture of you, our readers, many of you have asked for more information about Footsteps and Tear Fund! These few pages give an introduction to Footsteps and to what our readers think of it.

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  • Fresh ideas for water

    Fair shares with plastic pipes  by Rus Alit. While I was working in Indonesia in the village of Sarinbuana with rural water supplies, a neighbouring village came up with their own interesting idea.

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  • Information sharing or 'Networking'

    Project planning guidelines There are few useful resources we can recommend on the subject of project planning. However, Tear Fund have prepared a series of guidelines on a variety of subjects, including Guidelines for Planning and Implementing Relief and Development Activities. This is a step-by-step, four-page guide to all the different stages involved in project planning.

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  • Letters

    Earthworms We enjoy your valuable magazine and share the practical information among our farmer friends. Recently I have started rearing earthworms (Udrilus eugeniae) brought from Bangalore Agri University. They are doing well and multiply very fast. I keep the earthworms in large wooden boxes or plastic tubs kept under cover outside. They feed on damp waste agricultural materials (sawdust, crop stalks, kitchen waste, manure etc). The worm casts are collected regularly from the surface and ...

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  • Project Evaluation

    by Lorna Campbell. Footsteps 11 looked at project monitoring and record keeping. This emphasized the importance of having an information system both to remind yourself and to let others know what is going on in a project. One important use of the information kept in monitoring records is to evaluate the performance of a project. What do these two processes mean?

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  • Project planning

    1. SETTING TASKS Any project is made up of tasks or activities. To make the project a success, the tasks need first to be carefully planned and put in order of priority. Here is a way of introducing some helpful ideas to your group or project workers.

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