Listening to the Community
All project leaders and volunteers are involved in a number of different exercises with local community members to explore their ideas about the projects, their impact, and the future direction of work.
- Stakeholder Mapping, Tanzania
Stakeholder mapping is a way of assessing the different people and institutions involved in the success of a project - both who they are and what type of relationship we need to maintain with them.
For our Tanzania Project, stakeholder exercises were carried out prior to departure with the volunteers, and overseas with both teachers and students of the schools worked with. See the results here.
- Consequence Chain, Kenya
A Consequence Chain is a tool that can be used to map what the perceptions of a project's impact are, as a series of subsequent effects. It is a very simple tool to both use and explain, which makes it perfect for situations with a language barrier.
We asked several members of the Kipico Self Help Group what they believed the impacts of the sand dam they were completing would be for the community - originally drawn on an empty cement bag (!), click here for the results from Kipico Self-Help Group members this year.
Listening to the Volunteers
Each volunteer is asked to fill in a Volunteer Feedback form about their time with Quest, not only about their own experience but about their perception of the project's worth and the relationship with the partners and community. This all helps to inform our planning of future projects.
Creating a Project Impact Map
All of the above, and more, are then used to create a Project Impact Map, a document that will be updated each year and takes note of our impact over the short, medium and longer-term, with details on the evidence for this.