ChildLinK uses a results-based management approach to programme and project planning. Logic models and logical frameworks are used to articulate impact, outcome and output indicators, targets and means of verification. For ChildLinK, results are not just about measuring what change has happened, but also about learning how change happens. Indicators related to the theories of change will therefore also be monitored and evaluated. The Programme Strategy will be complemented by a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework. Implementation and operational plans will include monitoring and evaluation plans.
For ChildLinK, impact means (a) positive changes in the lives of children experiencing particular vulnerabilities in the short-term, and (b) a significant and sustainable reduction in the number of children experiencing those vulnerabilities in the long-term. Depending on the strategic focus area and the context, it may or may not be possible to achieve and measure short-term and long-term impact indicators within the Programme Strategy period. When the time-frame does not permit achievement and measurement of impact indicators, assumptions will have to be made, based on output and outcome measures, about the likelihood of impact being achieved later. After the programme or project is completed, impact can be assessed when sufficient time has passed, resources permitting.
ChildLinK’s mission, rights-based approach and theory of change guide some of the outcomes that will be measured. For example, outcomes contributing to positive changes in the lives of affected children in the short-term include:
- Children (a) having and (b) using knowledge and skills to claim their rights and entitlements, protect themselves and be agents of change in their families and communities;
- Families, caregivers, community groups and service providers (a) having knowledge and skills to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights, and (b) using the knowledge and skills to take action to keep families and communities safe and secure for children.
And outcomes contributing to a significant and sustainable reduction in the number of vulnerable children in the longer-term include:
- Changes in society’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with regard to children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation and violence;
- Changes in the child protection system of policies, laws and statutory and community-based services that appropriately and effectively apply universal children’s rights principles with respect to Guyana’s particular economic, social, cultural, civic and political context.
Examples of outcomes specifically related to the overarching theory of change are:
- A National Child Protection Network developed and functioning;
- A functioning broad-based civil society forum, whose members demonstrate collaboration, inclusion and accountability;
- Increased representation of children’s voice in networking between civil society, government and donors on appropriate implementation of child protection policies and laws.
These are general principles guiding ChildLinK’s measurement of results. Indicators and targets specific to each of the four strategic focus areas will be defined during the implementation planning process.