Filtered by: Impact Assessment <Back to previous page ‘Measure what you treasure' to make the most impact in your regionProgramme Effectiveness Training recently took place at the Tearfund Central American office, covering Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The idea… Bible study: Assessing our workAssessing our work The Bible has many examples of occasions when people’s lives and activities are examined, usually for the purpose of strengthening their relationships with God. Bible study: Knowing and sharing our impactWith God’s help, churches and Christian organisations are doing great, important work. Sharing what has worked well and the lessons we have learnt can help others to grow. Creating positive changeWe want to see communities and individuals transformed and flourishing. But how can we help bring this about? What will it look like? And how can we assess whether or not we are making progress towards this goal? Establishing and measuring indicatorsIndicators An indicator provides evidence or signs which show that change has taken place. Good indicators should be clear and understandable to everyone involved. Indicators can either measure or count results, or can use words to describe how people feel about changes. Daily egg production, tree growth, number of girls attending school – are all examples of indicators. Feedback on IndicatorsImpact of electricity One way that we measured the impact of bringing electricity to a village was to go back and ask people to consider how electricity has changed their lives. We divided the villagers into men’s, women’s, and children’s groups. Some of their comments were: Getting the most out of a surveyA survey is a great way to capture a large amount of data. Unfortunately, surveys are often not as effective as they could be because of poorly worded questions. How to get genuine feedbackIt is vital to get honest feedback from the people who are benefiting from our projects. This helps us to know what is working well and what needs to be changed. Impact some useful wordsThe following definitions each have an example from a well building programme Activities What is actually done Keeping a good recordThinking in advance about how to collect and store data can save us much frustration and many hours’ work afterwards. ResourcesA selection of books, websites and training material about creating positive change. The Footsteps surveyIf you have been reading Footsteps for several years now, you will remember receiving our readership survey in the post. More than a thousand of you faithfully answered our questions and gave us valuable feedback. The impact of FootstepsTo help us discover more about how Footsteps is used, a survey form was sent out with Issue 47 to 1 in 20 readers, selected at random. We have analysed the first 180 survey forms. The impact of parksby Khatib Alam and Zahid Mahmood. The development of local parks can have a great impact on community life – not only through the end product, but also through community participation in designing and constructing them. It can have a positive impact on the community in many ways – on social life, the economy, and health – as a park development project in Pakistan shows. What is the impact of our workby Simon Batchelor. Impact can be defined as significant or lasting change as a result of a particular action or series of actions. What is the impact of our workby Simon Batchelor. Impact can be defined as significant or lasting change as a result of a particular action or series of actions.