Melissa, center, interviews the mother of a sponsored child, left, with a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala.
By Melissa Velazquez, international evaluation and systems manager
A few years back, I sat with a group of local Unbound staff in our office in the Dominican Republic to talk about program evaluation. These individuals work day in and day out with limited resources to connect with sponsored individuals and their families, ensuring that initiatives and activities are moving forward in honest, sustainable and empowering ways.
They have a lot on their plate, and that day they had one question for me: “Why should we care about evaluation?”
How do we know that our sponsorship program is really making a difference?
At CFCA we’re committed to serve those living in poverty. One way we strive to improve our services and programs is through outcome measurement.
Melissa Velazquez is our evaluation specialist at CFCA. She focuses on building the capacity of our international staff to evaluate CFCA programs and communicate their results.
In addition, Melissa designs and implements evaluations across countries and regions that can answer key organizational questions.
Here’s what Melissa had to say about the importance of outcome measurement:
At the organizational level we are learning how policy and programs really effect change and how to guide and invest resources. As the body of information on outcomes grows, sponsors and potential sponsors will benefit from clear and specific data about the change happening in the world as a result of their partnership with CFCA.
Read more about outcome measurement on our website.