Tearfund commissioned this Ugandan study, Flourishing churches, flourishing communities: Church and community mobilisation in Uganda (PDF 3.5 MB), using the Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP) methodology, to produce further extensive and robust evidence to understand the contribution of the local church.
QuIP is an innovative and trusted approach that is recognised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and other donors. It provides a robust qualitative method that identifies the most significant drivers of change in the lives, livelihoods and well-being of a programme’s intended beneficiaries. The methodology puts people’s voices first while providing an independent ‘reality check’ of change in a programme area.
The QuIP study provides clear evidence that church and community mobilisation (CCM) is having a positive impact on the livelihoods, relationships, spiritual life and well-being of intended beneficiaries at the household level in Uganda.
Four main insights were drawn from the research findings:
- 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 provides excellent evidence of positive impact and its causes
These insights can be used to improve the CCM process, enabling communities and partners to improve practice and see more long-term impact.
Flourishing churches, flourishing communities is a summary report based on a full research paper (PDF 1.2 MB) by Bath Social Development & Research Ltd at the University of Bath.