(1) Shaishav – Child Rights Organization, Gujarat, India
In the capacity of an External Evaluator for Shaishav – a child rights based organization, I designed and implemented Pre-test, Post-test and Impact evaluation studies as part of the ‘Street and Working Children’ project, funded by UK’s Comic Relief. The evaluation studies are designed to understand and measure the impact of Shaishav’s Balsena – small participatory groups of 20 – 30 children – working in 35 low income communities of Bhavnagar city, Gujarat, India on issues related to children’s rights. The primary goal of the Pre-test evaluation study is to help set up baseline indicators for the evaluation outcome (see below), as it appears in the Comic Relief project proposal. These baseline indicators were tested at the end of three years to understand the impact of Balsena (children’s groups) in Bhavnagar city. The primary activities of the Pre-test and Post-test evaluation studies include an individual survey tool for children and a participant observation guide for adult facilitators. Participants who volunteer to participate in the evaluation help contribute to an understanding of the impact of Balsena on issues related to reducing child labor and school enrollment in communities of Bhavnagar city, Gujarat, India.
|1.1 Existing levels of self esteem and confidence2.1. Awareness and understanding about children’s rights
2.2. Ability to identify and solve problems with a current understanding of their rights
2.3. Decision making capacity of children
3.1. Children currently enrolled in school
3.2. Children currently enrolled in child labor
|2500 children (from 50 child led teams) and 100 youths living in 30 slum communities have increased self esteem and confidently express their opinions to key duty bearers (parents, teachers, government officials, councilors and the media). Their capacity to critically understand, identify and solve problems is increased, by 2016, thereby resulting in decision making capacity leading to one of the many outcomes such as children’s awareness of attending school, accordingly resulting in more children retained in school, and less children entering child labor within these teams in these communities.|
(1) Child Friendly Communities, New York
Internal project evaluator of CERG’s ‘Child Friendly Communities – East Harlem’, New York project, funded by the US Fund for UNICEF. The evaluation measured youth engagement and participation of young people enrolled in an after school program – Child Friendly Communities. A series of focus groups with youth, observation of program sessions, pre- and post-test surveys, documentation of program sessions using videos, and in-depth interviews with adult facilitators guided the program evaluation.