Tuesday, 6 March 2012

WOD Begins: Monitoring Impact

Representing Quest4change, in Hove....  Can you spot me?  

So my official work with Quest4change has started – And picking up from where I left off whilst interning with the charity, I will be working in the office, two days per week, with a spring in my step all the way to summer… 

Continuing the work from last year and the publication of Quest’s 2011 Impact Report, I will be developing a template to move forward with more comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of our projects… With 8 current projects in 7 different countries across South America and Africa, Q4C and its partner organisations are directly and indirectly impacting on peoples, endangered animals and natural habitats of many communities. Since 1996, Quest4change and its partner volunteering organisation Questoverseas have sent more than 2,000 volunteers to various projects across 12 countries, giving direct donations to host communities of close to 1.5 million pounds!!! 

But are we having a positive impact, in all places and at all times? Are we reaching the people and places we said we would? Are they the people and places that can most benefit form our volunteer programmes, and the work of our project partners? We are quietly confident that we are on the right track with what we do, but now, thanks to the funding from Vodaphone WOD, we are able to focus considerable time and effort to these questions, just to make sure. 

Watch this space as the project unfolds over the next 4 months and beyond…

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