At iACT, we believe that measurement of our programs is a critical component to achieving quality and meaningful impact. With data, we are able to know what we should be replicating, where we should make adjustments, and what learnings to disseminate.
Maintaining a community-based model, iACT trains and employs a refugee assessment team of men and women to lead and conduct the assessment in their community. The assessment team is trained on assessment processes, interview techniques, and styles, response documentation, and the UNICEF standards on anthropometry. During training and pre-testing, the team ensures that each survey question is correctly interpreted for their community.
The assessment survey was designed by Dr. Nathan Jones from the University of Wisconsin Survey Center. The survey consists of various validated questions from early childhood development surveys and the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).
In 2014, after a one-year period, our assessment found that Little Ripples improved the physical, social-emotional health, and cognitive development of children attending the school. Please view our 2014 Assessment Report for more information.
However, the evaluation also found that the increasing food insecurity in the camps is impacting the health and welfare of Little Ripples students. Click here to learn more about food insecurity in eastern Chad.
In 2015, iACT completed its 2nd annual Little Ripples assessment of children ages three to five in refugee camp Goz Amer. The report provides an overview of our approach, key results, and next steps as iACT looks to expand Little Ripples. Check out our Little Ripples 2015 Assessment report for more details.