Trickle Up is committed to rigorously measuring outcomes in our work to help the very poorest people take the first steps out of extreme poverty. We use specially designed monitoring and evaluation tools to assess changes in participants' households—for example, food security, education, and reduced vulnerability—and to understand how such change occurs. With results on how a Trickle Up-supported business affects participants’ lives, we adjust our program to best address the needs of participants and help them maximize positive outcomes for themselves and their families.
Our monitoring and evaluation tools include (but not limited to):
Baseline and end of project surveys
incorporate the Progress Out of Poverty Index (PPI)
, a tool developed by Grameen Foundation for measuring poverty levels, plus numerous extra indicators we have identified to help us assess both our poverty selection processes and our participants’ movement out of extreme poverty.
Savings Group Performance Indicators, developed for Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), are collected two to four times per year to assess group functioning and savings behavior.
) on factors including the profitability of participants’ livelihoods, health status, and linkages to local social services allow us to monitor the performance of field officers and identify participant needs as they arise.
Qualitative Assessments focused on a small sample of participants allow us to gain in-depth information into the lives of participants, and show us how and why change occurs (or fails to), while helping identify any unanticipated outcomes.
A range of monitoring visits, including unannounced visits by Trickle Up staff to representatives of every savings group in West Africa, are used to check on issues such as group governance, training outcomes, and the quality of partner support.