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Result and effect

Monitor of outputs
War Child records the results of all of its programs in an organisation-wide Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation system (PM&E). Information about the number of children, young people and adults involved in programs, as well as number of program activities is available as from 2006. The PM&E system is also used by local partner organisations enabling War Child to chart the inputs and the outputs of its work and the work of partners. In 2010 War Child will further improve the system in terms of reliability, user friendliness as well as the indicators used.

Measurement of results
War Child strongly believes that the creative and participatory approach of its programs has a positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of children and young people. However, to continuously improve programs, it is necessary to collect and share evolving insights into the effects in the field of psychosocial support, child protection and education. Therefore, all program results are evaluated internally, as well as externally, by measuring context-specific signs of improvement (indicators). See the country paragraphs for results of evaluations. By using child-friendly and participatory approaches, both qualitative and quantitative information is collected through observation, interviews and focus group discussions with all people involved in the program.

Effectiveness and sustainability
Half-way and at the end of each program, programmatic results are measured and evaluated in terms of effectiveness and sustainability, next to an operational evaluation of program finances, human resources and efficiency. In addition to War Child’s own program evaluations, other (partner) organisations, including donors, governments, schools and communities, audit and report about the results of War Child’s programs.

Learning and accountability
Indicators for positive and long-lasting changes in children’s well-being can be very subjective, difficult to quantify, and vary with culture. Therefore War Child cooperates with other INGO’s, universities and relevant networks on further developing instruments and tool to measure the effects and limitations of its programs.

Participatory monitoring
In 2009 War Child developed an innovative, participatory and child-friendly monitoring and evaluation tool to measure the quality and effects of its I DEAL method. The tool was successfully tested in Uganda.

The pilot study showed positive effects of I DEAL on children's relations with peers, parents and teachers. Another key finding shows that children with better knowledge and skills related to relationships with adults, were also better able to achieve their personal goals they set for the intervention. More children are going to safe and child friendly schools and that children and young people improved their peer-support skills. Community evaluations show that children and young people become more dedicated to help other children in their communities, including, for example, lobbying for their rights to parent support, a safe community, and access to education.

War Child developed the tool in consultation with external mental health experts: prof. dr. F. Boer (Academic Medical Center), prof. dr. T. van Yperen (Utrecht University) and M. Jordans (Healthnet TPO). In 2010 this M&E toolkit will be rolled out across the programs in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, Colombia and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territorios and a long-term scientific research into the global effects of the I DEAL method will be done.