CSSP Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop
ACSOT was joined by its partners and some members who have won the CSSP grant for a 2 day workshop at Axum Hotel. The purpose of the workshop was to go over CSSP’s Monitoring and Evaluation tools.
CSSP was represented by Beverly, Mohammed, Dr. Chekal, and Dr Mesrat. They came to introduce four (4) things. The first was their 7 guiding Principles, a inspiring collection that governs the projects of CSSP. The 7 guiding principles are as follows;
- Putting most resources and efforts into hardest to reach women, girls, boys and men.
- Building on the strengths and assets of people.
- Building trust between people.
- Promoting creativity ad innovation.
- Promoting social equality in all we do.
- Promoting decision making at the most local levels possible
- Delivering the best value for resources for the poorest people.
The other things taught to the participants were three tools of Monitoring and Evaluation that CSSP would like to see reflected amongst those that have won the grants. The first tools are the “the ladder of change” which serves as a planning mechanisms that allow those creating a project to distinguish not only the issues and steps to attain their dream, but also map out what can go wrong and what factors can influence the project both negatively and positively. This method was very interesting and very simple. The entire group agreed that it was highly useful and to be used at the beginning stages of project planning.
The second tool discussed was called the “Result Summary” which was a more summarized concept of the ladder of change. It allowed the discoveries made during the ladder to be fine tuned and turned in to a comprehensive document.
The final tool introduced by CSSP was their evaluation method of the score card. Each card is used in different areas to evaluate an organizations commitment to a certain area. An example used was a score card to asses the commitment of an organization to reaching the hardest to reach Women, girl, boy, men.
Over all the workshop was a great success and ACSOT and partners would like to thank its facilitators CSSP for an informative two days.
ACSOT introduces CSSP to Community Care Coalition (CCC) Project in Wukro
ACSOT invited CSSP facilitators for a quick trip to Wukro so that they may witness the progress and work of the CCC’s in the area. The group was treated to an explanation from the CCC’s of all their achievements and some of the problems they still have.
After the presentation from the CCC’s the group was taken to a meeting with the Mayor of Wukro as well as a coffee ceremony in the homes of one of the Women Development groups in the area. During Coffee the women of the group described the hierarchy and structure of their group and discussed the progress of women’s issues on a grass roots level. They reported many improvements in the fields of education for the young girls, birth control, prenatal care as well as domestic abuse.
Overall the trip was very informative and the women of the women’s groups were very inspiring.