Continuous monitoring and evaluation allows us to modify our intervention if necessary, introducing new techniques or reinforcing existing ones that are producing positive results. In addition to continuous oversight to ensure that the activities are being conducted as planned, the program has identified a set of key results related to the outcomes we are striving to achieve.
We begin our work in each community by completing a baseline to determine the rate of chronic childhood malnutrition in a given community. Based on that information, we are then able to determine how to most effectively implement our integrated approach. During our project period, we evaluate our work on a monthly basis. We measure the health status of children every six months to determine project effectiveness. We also evaluate the communities’ use of new hygiene techniques, knowledge of family planning, upkeep and proper usage of new infrastructure (water system, gray water filters, stoves, latrines), and the progress of women’s and young people’s involvement in community planning and decision-making.