Evaluation is the systematic and objective based assessment of an ongoing or completed project, program or policy; its design, implementation and results. The main aim of evaluation is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Program evaluation verifies that the program is running as originally planned, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and allows for continuing feedback in order to adjust the program accordingly. Program evaluation can lead to improved outcomes for the populations served. Staff will ultimately benefit from an evaluation exercise because it validates their efforts and provides information on how to improve their work and better serve their community.
Furthermore, evaluation cuts costs for organizations and streamlines services by showing what works and what does not work. It promotes staff development by improving skills and performance quality with clients. It strengthens and increases the program’s capacity to contribute evidence-based knowledge to the field. Finally, evaluation provides evidence of service use, effectiveness, and demand in order to justify the need for further funding and support.
One of GERAS’ projects “Climate Change Workshop for Young People” was successfully evaluated with amazing results. On the 5th of October 2015, GERAS team prepared and distributed the questionnaire to the five beneficiary schools. The questionnaires targeted the pupils who participated in the training program and their accompanying teachers. On the 9th of October 2015 the team started another contact tour to work out with the schools and collect the evaluation forms. This activity was completed on the 14th of October 2015, thus enough data is collected for further analysis and reporting.
It should be recalled that the Climate Change Workshop for Young People took place on Saturday, the 25th of April 2015 in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon. After the realization of this workshop, GERAS developed a crowdFunding profile on BetterWorld which can be accessed through the link www.betterplace.org/p32404 You can also access information about the project by scanning this barcode:
This project also registered a success story by winning a seed grant from The Pollination Project.