So, how do you know when your social development program is a success? How do you determine whether your program is worth all the effort put into it?
A ‘one size fits all’-approach is not good enough. Every project or organization needs an approach that suits it best. Further, it often helps to evaluate the possibilities by using different approaches and to determine the chances of success from an holistic point of view.
A method of assessment according to New Yardsticks® that is made within an assignment can be auditorial, inspirational, academic or exploratory by nature, and it can be applied at a project level or at a policy level. Certain tools developed by New Yardsticks® can be used for decision-making purposes or as monitoring tools.
New Yardsticks® applies various methods of approach to identify the opportunities for social development programs. Other methods are applied for the creation and advancement of such programs. For example, one of the approaches applied when evaluating critical factors of opportunities at the grassroots level is based on the 5A’s model that has been developed by Namita Taneja Krul. However, if the impact of an existing project needs to be measured, New Yardsticks® applies the method of Social Return on Investments (SROI).
Creating awareness of the possibilities of success at all levels within corporate organizations and (non)-governmental organizations is just as important as using skills and providing education and training at the grassroots level. New Yardsticks® can design and help implement awareness programs at client organizations.
New Yardsticks® collaborates with partners to set up Leadership Programs. These programs are geared for an overall development of leadership. Its approach is a radical and innovative departure from customary leadership methods. Its approach is geared towards gaining insights in an ‘out-of-the-box,’ ‘hands-on’ or ‘learning-by-doing’ process of gaining knowledge and skills.
Master Classes on SROI
New Yardsticks® draws on the same philosophy when applying skills and educational trainings that are provided during Master Classes. The main aim of a Master Class is to equip the trainees with tools for measuring the impact and the success of their initiatives in social development programs. New Yardsticks® adds value to the programs by helping stakeholders measure the results with the Social Return on Investment (SROI) yardsticks.