Monitoring, evaluation

The Hunger Project ensures that the donations are invested appropriately. In addition, a representative of The Hunger Project Switzerland visits the programs every two years according to the ZEWO specifications.

The Hunger Project (THP) is committed to providing stakeholders with timely, objective, and reliable data on the results of our projects and the overall impact of our strategies. THP takes 
a participatory approach to monitoring and evaluation and encourages grassroots solutions to improving programs through systematic community-led analysis of results. THP’s 
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) system is designed to:

  • Support community partners with the information and tools required to identify needs, set priorities and track progress of community development projects.
  • Promote organizational learning by enabling THP staff and partner organizations to continuously monitor and improve our programs.
  • Promote accountability and transparency within the organization and among partners and investors.
  • Provide evidence needed to influence policymakers and other thought leaders to adopt THP’s proven approaches to our bottom-up, gender-focused development.
  • Our dynamic web-based data monitoring platform aims to integrate program and financial information to track: inputs (financial and human resources); activities (educational workshop and community-led projects); outputs (number of people trained, number of projects completed), near-term outcomes (increased access to resources, strengthened capacity); and long- 
term impacts (improved livelihoods, healthy communities) in each of our 11 program countries.
  • THP’s Program countries have diligently been tracking activities and output indicators on a quarterly basis since 2008, and are now in the process of carefully identifying core outcome indicators which will measure our progress against longer term goals and objectives. An evaluation pilot project is field testing new data collection tools (household survey, focus groups discussion guides, key informant questionnaires), giving THP the capacity to more systematically track programmatic outcomes at the both household and community levels.

External Evaluations

  • Additionally, THP sometimes contracts independent external evaluators to critically examine the impact of our programs. External impact assessments provide THP with transparent and 
objective reviews of our projects which help inform program management decisions. These external reports not only validate our work, but make valuable suggestions and provide best 
practices that can be shared with stakeholders and other development practitioners.
  • For example, the 2009 Uganda Assessment, A Change to Believe In delivers a compelling analysis of our work in the country, identifies the ways in which THP is seen as distinctive among 
other organizations doing similar work, and points to key areas for growth.

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"In the local VCA (Vision-Commitment-Action)-Workshops of THP, the majority of participants are women and they become empowered to lead their lifes independently, to take action and to influence their communities as self-responsible members. As such, they jointly find their own ways out of chronic hunger and external material dependence. THP joins this process locally, where the people are at home."

Therese Gerber-F├╝rst, Management Consultant, has been supporting THP for more than 10 years

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