The Time + Tide Foundation measures the progress of our projects using a bespoke monitoring and evaluation framework, through which we capture a variety of baseline data for the beneficiaries of our programmes and set strategic targets. Once analysed, the data allows us to build social capital in our communities and quantify the impact values of our activities.
Our programmes primarily address the needs of residents for and with whom they are designed. Additionally, they positively affect the lives of family members, caregivers and teachers of our primary beneficiaries, while simultaneously creating wider social value in our areas. As of 2020, the Time + Tide Foundation engages over 7,000 residents as part of our regular programme activities, and we have an indirect impact to more than 30,000 people across the 117 villages in which we work.
Data and Decision Making
We focus on the data that matters. We assess programme progress using qualitative and quantitative strategies, data quality assessments, summary tables or indicator trackers, and beneficiary databases.
For our home-based education programme, we track social return on investment by identifying the net present values and opportunity costs associated with the following:
Improvement in primary school attendance for special needs children
Future benefits for special needs children as result of access to formal education
Benefits for local volunteers
Improvements in community inclusiveness towards children with special needs
We consistently track outcomes that indicate the progress towards our FY21 strategic targets. By the end of 2019, the first year of our strategic plan, we recorded the following results:
- 5 teachers trained and employed to provide additional support to primary school girls (target: 10 teachers trained and employed)
- Dropout rate from school for girls enrolled in the programme decreased from 8% in 2018 to 2% in 2019 (target: 0%)
- The percent of girls functionally literate increased from 25% in January 2019 to 45% in December 2019 (target 66%)
- 16 teachers’ assistants trained in special needs education and employed at 8 primary schools (target: 25 teachers trained and employed)
- After 3 years in the programme, the percent of parents who can cite biological determinants of disabilities increased from 25% to 47% (target: 90%)
- After 3 years in the programme, the percent of children who are now enrolled in formal primary school increased from 10% to 77% (target: 85%)
- The average mark on students’ year-end reports increased from 47% in 2018 to 58% in 2019 (target: 66%)
- School attendance rates increased from 87% in 2018 to 89% in 2019 (target: 95%)
- The dropout rate for sponsored students decreased from 18% in 2018 to 12% in 2019 (target: 5%)