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Endline Evaluation of Kanya Sampurna Project (KSP) in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu

KSP was a multi-sectoral intervention that focused on advancing health, education, and economic opportunities for girls/women in the age group of 0-35 years. It also focused on enhancing leadership and life skills in children and adolescents (especially girls) in schools and communities. The project implementation period was for five years (2017-2022) and has reached 89,242 individuals through different interventions. The Endline study was conducted to measure and report the outcome and impact of the key components of the intervention and analyse progress made against key areas of change at impact and outcome level of the project logical framework. The results of the assessment would help contribute to the next phase planning of KSP. The study design followed a mixed approach of quantitative and qualitative data collection. Structured survey was conducted among Anganwadi workers, mothers of children (0-6 months &6-23 months), young women (18-35 Years) and primary school teachers. In addition, Girls Leadership Index (GLI) tool was administered among Adolescent girls (11-18 years) and EGRA tool and SRI tool among 'Children in the age group of 6-11 years' and 'Children in the age group of 5.5 to 6 years' respectively. FGDs and IDIs were conducted as part of the qualitative survey.

Baseline Study of ‘Neev’ Project in 100 AWCs of Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand

United Way Delhi’s Neev program aligns with the worldwide campaign Born Learning. The program aimed to improve the development of children in the 0-6 years age group by providing them child-friendly infrastructure, improving school readiness, and enhancing the role of caregivers in children’s development.The project aimed to cover 100 anganwadicenters from three blocks of Udham Singh Nagar district in three years. The objective of the baseline survey was to assess the situation in terms of infrastructure facilities, parents’ awareness and care giver engagements in AWC, children, communities’ awareness to ECD, and community profiling using PRA exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to provide an information base against which to monitor and assess an activity’s progress and effectiveness during implementation and after the activity is completed. The study adopted a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodology. The major stakeholders of the study included; project team, community members, government departments (Health department and Women & Child Development Department – AWW, AWH, CDPO and Supervisor), Panchayat members, mothers and children. CAPI technique was adopted to capture the quantitative data.

End-line Study of School Support Program (SSP) in Gurugram, Haryana

The SSP program was started with the goal to provide inclusive and quality education for all children. The broad objective of the program was to help government schools and schools run by non-profit agencies for marginalized children in Delhi and NCR. The program established a community-based Youth Resource Center which provided the youth with essential life skills like communication, information about better career opportunities as well as avenues for skill development. The objective of the assessment was to measure the changes that occurred among the students/youth in terms of improvement in their academic performance, change in their conduct and behavior, change in awareness level towards health and hygiene practices and also the changes in the school infrastructure.

Baseline Study of ‘Born Learning’ Program in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand

The ‘Born Learning’ is a United Way Worldwide program, aimed at the overall well-being and development of the new born in its most formative years (0-6 years) of growth and development and to improve the infrastructural facilities including WASH in selected 20 Anganwadi centers of Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. CMSR Consultants conducted thebaseline study for United Way Delhi to know the existing conditions of the AWCs so as to set up a benchmark and their actual need for improvement. The study adopted a mix of quantitative and qualitative approach. Interviews were conducted with Anganwadi Workers/Helpers and Mothers of children (0-3 years) and children (3-6 years). A Focus Group Discussion checklist was prepared to conduct the discussions with community members.

Market Assessment Study for Magic Bus’ Youth Livelihood Programme

CMSR Consultants conducted this assessment for Magic Bus India Foundation, New Delhi. The market assessment was directed towards establishing the relationship of the likely youth needs in the project area and the market and community factors that will influence the placement and sustainability of Livelihood program proposed to be implemented by Magic Bus. The Assessment was done in three catchment areas of five selected locations viz; Patna, Lucknow, Gurgaon, Manesar and Baddi. The major tasks performed by CMSR include; developing research design, drafting research tools (SIS, FGD guidelines for parents and youth, IDI formats for employers as well as training institutes), data analysis and report writing.

Impact Evaluation of J.P.Morgan - Don Bosco Academy for Skillsin Eight States

CMSR Consultants Pvt. Ltd., at the instance of Don Bosco Tech Society conducted the Impact Evaluation of ‘J.P Morgan – Don Bosco Tech Academy for Skills’ programin the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The study involved interviewing a total of 639 trained candidates besides, conducting discussions with the faculty members of the selected centers to understand the implementation process followed by them and to know the challenges/barriers faced by the staff in implementing the program. In addition, 10 employers from selected locations were interviewed to find out the extent to which they were satisfied with the performance of DB Tech candidates. Feedback was also sought from the parents/families of the selected trainees through Focus Group Discussions.

Evaluation of Magic Bus’ Livelihood Program in Delhi

The Livelihood Program of Magic Bus was initiated along with Comic Relief with the envisaged Goal of “Sports for Change”. The program aimed at providing disadvantaged youth in Delhi with the right vocational training and support to enable them to identify and achieve their personal and professional goals and successfully move into sustained employment or further education, or job-based training. CMSR Consultants was entrusted with the task of undertaking an “Evaluation” exercise to understand to what extent “Activity Based Learning” has impacted the target group in grooming them to choose a successful career. The evaluation involved analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. In-depth interviews were conducted with the youth, Implementing functionaries and certain Employers and Training Institutes.

Study the Perception of ICDS in Selected Districts in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh

The study was conducted in two districts each of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh (total 4 districts). The objectives of the study were to assess the current conditions of the existing Anganwadi centers and to know the type of services provided by them to the beneficiaries. Assessment was made about the available infrastructures in AWCs, status of WASH facility, availability of learning materials, etc. Besides, challenges/barriers faced by Anganwadi workers in running the centers were also captured through the survey. Apart from the AWWs, interviews were also conducted with ASHA, ANM and Key Influencers at village level. Community perception about the AWCs were also sought from the people through focus group discussion. DPO/CDPO were also interviewed at the district/block level. The ultimate goal of doing this exercise was to develop and create model AWCs in the selected areas based on the survey results. The program also contemplated to find out the scope of establishing kitchen gardens in the targeted anganwadicenters.

Baseline Study of Youth Resource Center in Ghaziabad

The project intended to improve learning outcomes of the children in school, sensitizing students towards conservation of environment and life skills. In addition, community engagement and awareness generation activities with parents were also planned to be conducted to strengthen and facilitate a school-friendly School Management Committee (SMC). Empowerment of youth with the agenda of community ownership towards its social goods, rights and responsibilities through YRC was also one among the intervention’ agenda. A mixed method study design was followed to accomplish the assignment.

KAP Study of the Digital Learning Centre Project in Delhi

Plan India launched the Digital Learning Centre Project in West and South West Delhi to address the learning crisis faced by girls after they complete Class VIII. The idea behind the initiative was to curb school dropout, promote retention, improve learning outcomes and boost the self-confidence of girls in marginalized communities, to map the change in knowledge and attitude amongst the girls related to education and employment, to gauge the attitude of parents and community towards girls’ education through comparison of controlled and non-controlled groups based on recall method, understand the change amongst the girls particularly improvement in their life skills because of the project interventions.

Process Documentation – Innovation & Best Practices of Child Centred Community Development Program in Bihar

“Plan India” with the support of five partner NGOs were engaged in the implementation of “Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) programmes” in five districts of Bihar. The program was directed towards improving the status of children in the community by providing them access to their rights, strengthening and improving the existing Government schools to provide a better learning environment. Capacity building of Teaching faculty, Bal Sansad Members (Children’s Parliament) and School Management Committee members were undertaken in around 200 selected schools for bringing about a better learning environment. The issues covered under the program included; how to introduce novel concepts like “Mini library”, ensuring separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls, improving interior ambience of (decoration) of classrooms, promoting children’s participation in exhibitions held by schools, observance of important days with various social and cultural activities etc. The “Process Documentation” exercisefocussed on documenting the innovation and best practices of the Education Domain. Primary research included In-depth Interviews (IDIs), Key Informants Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Group Discussions with the stakeholders. Secondary research included the review of the project documents compiled under the project to understand the extent of the interventions in accomplishing the envisaged goals / objectives.