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Impact measurement

How does War Child measure the results of its programs?
War Child records the results of all of its programs in an organisation-wide Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation system (PM&E). Data is going back to 2006 which allows trend analyses and investigation of the range of activities. War Child learned, for example, that in 2008 by raising the intensity of activities, the impact on children and young people was magnified, but that this also meant that the total number of children and young people reached fell slightly. Naturally there is room for improvement, such as in the reliability and user friendliness of the system as well as the indicators used. 

How does War Child measure the effect and impact of its programs?
In order to further develop and continually improve programs, it is necessary to gain insight into the concrete effects of War Child’s support for the child protection, education and psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people. Quantitative data is collected via observation, interviews and focus group conversations with participants, parents, caretakers and other stakeholders in the direct environment. Children in the War Child program in Sudan in 2008

War Child’s approach to creativity and the participation of children and young people in programs has a positive impact on children’s lives. Indicators of this are that more children are going to safe and child friendly schools, children and young people now dedicate themselves to helping other children in their communities, including, for example, lobbying for their rights to protection, education, play and participation. By involving both the target group of children and young people as well as parents/caretakers and the rest of the community in programs, a positive social climate is created in which children and young people are able to develop into young adults. 

Final evaluations
At the end of (multi-year) programs, in addition to the annual measuring of results, an extensive final evaluation of the program’s results, finances, efficiency and personnel policy takes place. Long-running projects also have periodic evaluations. In addition to War Child’s own analyses, other organisations, including donors, governments, schools, etc., supply reports about the results of War Child’s programs. Parents in the War Child program in Sudan in 2008

Learn and develop
Because indicators for psychosocial wellbeing and other child rights are often subjective, difficult to quantify, and vary with culture, War Child works together with similar organisations and scientific institutes in further developing measurement instruments in order to better gauge the impact, effects and limitations of programs. In addition, War Child invests in the development of a teaching system within its organisation so that experience and expertise can be better used within the organisation and by War Child’s partners.