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Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning are essential components of all work seeking social and/or organisational change. From a feminist perspective, monitoring and evaluation must always be accompanied by processes of accountability, eventually resulting in learnings to improve our work. At CTDC, we develop intersectional feminist MEAL frameworks, which are adaptable to dynamic and rapidly changing contexts, and that take the complexities of our experiences into account, including our age, educational attainments, class, gender, abilities, colour, migration and citizenship status, faith and belief. MEAL is not only essential for our projects and programmes, but also necessary for understanding and thus improving organisational cultures from ‘within’ to be able to push for social change ‘out’. Through MEAL we make ourselves accountable and committed to our stakeholders, partners and communities, and improve our work through lessons learnt. We believe that we can utilise MEAL beyond ‘donor reporting’, as a tool to produce knowledge and archive our work and movements for ourselves and for future generations.
What we provide:
MEAL Frameworks: We develop feminist MEAL frameworks, for organisations, companies, academic institutions, projects, programmes, grassroots groups and social and political movements. Our frameworks innovative, adaptable, flexible, responsive, reflexive, and context specific. We have the capacity to develop MEAL frameworks for different fields, including development, humanitarian, media, knowledge production, advocacy and communications, education and public health. Our MEAL frameworks usually combine qualitative and quantitative indicators.
MEAL Capacity Building: We provide online and offline trainings and mentorship to organisations, companies and individuals on different aspects of MEAL. Our capacity building programmes around MEAL are feminist, as we make gender-sensitivity a fixed component of all our work. All our MEAL trainings and mentorship also include feminist project management coaching. Our MEAL capacity building can also include project, programme and portfolio design, for organisations in need of support to articulate the rationale behind their work.
External Evaluations: We carry out interim and final external evaluations for projects, programmes, organisations, companies, governmental institutions, public health projects, movements and grassroots groups. We utilise different qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluations, including interviews (structured, unstructured, semi-structured), questionnaires, focus groups, anecdotal evidence, social media, and participant observation, depending on the topic and need. We offer results measurement and recommendations, which feed into processes of accountability and learning. Our evaluations utilise a feminist approach that understands all work as external and internal processes that start with understanding the context.
Impact Reporting: We offer impact reporting as a stand-alone service for projects and programmes that have long-term objectives that cannot be measured through deliverables and indicators. These may include changing public perceptions, attitudes, discourse, knowledge levels, long-term advocacy, media and campaigning. Our impact reporting services utilise a variety of innovative methods, such as social media analysis, analysis of big data and household surveys.