Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP) is an evaluation methodology to measure qualitative impact in a robust, credible and unbiased manner.
Developed by the University of Bath, and curated by BDSR, the QuIP uses ‘blindfolded’ interviews and focus groups to hear from individuals about what they believe has caused change in their lives, without revealing what programme is being evaluated.The analysis is coded with a causal map to provide a clear picture of the impact of the programme.
Two of the QuIP studies that Tearfund has commissioned and published were to identify how church and community mobilisation (CCM) has impacted the lives, livelihoods and well-being of intended beneficiaries in Uganda and Sierra Leone.
CCM is having a positive impact on the livelihoods, relationships, spiritual life and well-being of intended beneficiaries at the household level in Uganda. The study finds that:
- Changing hearts and minds is vital to impact all aspects of people’s lives.
- The local church encourages faith in action.
- Changing weather patterns are restricting progress.
- QuIP is an effective methodology for understanding the impact of CCM approaches.
The QuIP study provides clear evidence that the church and community mobilisation process (CCMP) is having a positive impact on individuals and communities in the country. The study finds that:
- The Christian faith has an important role to play in improving well-being and resilience.
- The local church can facilitate effective change – but the process and facilitation play a key role.
- Economic constraints still matter, but CCMP can mitigate the full effect in some instances.
- The QuIP is an effective research tool, providing solid evidence of success, opportunities and challenges. However, appropriate sampling is vital.
The QuIP study provides clear evidence that the evangelical church’s engagement in holistic ministry (CCM, awareness-raising, projects and teaching) is having a positive impact on individuals and communities. The study finds that:
- CCM is embedded into the church so that it has become a ‘way of life’ rather than a distinct development project.
- The Christian faith has improved behaviour and communication for many families, and raised levels of self-worth, agency and hope in the future.
- Drought and soil disease have substantially affected many households.