The Time + Tide Foundation measures the progress of our projects using an internally developed monitoring and evaluation framework, through which we capture a variety of baseline data for the beneficiaries of our programmes and set strategic targets. Data is collected using an open source suite of tools called ODK and thereafter piped into our bespoke dashboard, through which we can filter and analyse the data as desired.
Our programmes primarily address the needs of residents for and with whom they are designed. Additionally, they positively affect the lives of the family members, caregivers and teachers of our primary beneficiaries, while simultaneously creating wider social value in our areas. As of 2021, the Time + Tide Foundation engages over 6,500 residents as part of our regular programme activities, and we have an indirect impact to 19,000 people across the 217 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 2020, the second year of our strategic plan, we recorded the following results:
- 6 teachers trained and employed to provide additional support to primary school girls
- 700% improvement in girls testing as functionally literate after 2 consecutive years in the programme
- Transition rate of 77% from primary to secondary school for the 92 girls across our 2019 cohorts
- 15 teachers’ assistants trained in special needs education and employed at 8 primary schools
- 75% of parents with children who graduated from the programme in 2020 were able to cite biological causes of disabilities from a baseline of 26%
- Prior to the programme, 66% of parents whose children graduated in 2020 cited witchcraft as a primary cause of disabilities at baseline data capture; this decreased to 8% at end line data capture
- 56% of the 2016 cohort (who graduated in 2020) of sponsored students proceeded to secondary school with 30% obtaining a quality pass on their final exams
- 17% drop out rate for the 2016 cohort
- 100% of 2020 graduates volunteering for the Time + Tide Foundation in 2021