Concrete insight into your results: that is our goal. This allows your organisation to know and show your impact. Knowing your impact helps to improve your strategy and increase your impact. For example, research gives an insight into what works (and what doesn’t) and how it works: the mechanisms of change. In depth knowledge of these mechanisms helps you to improve your intervention and maximize your impact. Showing your impact makes your team, funders and others enthusiastic and motivates them to become involved with your mission.
Since 2009 we have specialised in measuring impact. One-off impact studies and baseline, midterm and/or final evaluations are often the starting points for creating insight into your added value. Besides evaluations, we increasingly support organisations in making impact measurement an integral part of their business by designing smart tailor-made planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) systems.
Using lobby and advocacy to improve the rights of girls and young women: that is the aim of the Girl Advocacy Alliance (Plan Nederland, Defence for Children Nederland-ECPAT and Terre des Hommes). The alliance works in 10 countries in Africa and Asia.
Avance worked on the organisation’s mid-term evaluation. Our focus was to ensure learning throughout the programme and beyond. We used the monitoring system to explore key outcomes. Using desk study, long-distance key informant interviews and focus groups we explored how these outcomes were achieved and what lessons could be distilled from these routes to change. In collaboration with Makmende Media we developed three mini documentaries. We also developed a learning booklet, societies in transition, exploring six key outcomes areas and the lessons learnt from the road to change. Both were presented at a Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.