Outcome Harvesting Year 3 Review (Changing the Way We Care, global)

Client: Changing the Way We Care, global
Location: Guatemala, Kenya, Moldova

The challenge

Changing the Way We Care is a global initiative to address care reform worldwide. The moving parts are many—demonstration projects in Kenya, Guatemala, and Moldova; synergistic partnerships in India and Haiti; regional and international policy/advocacy engagement; and behind-the-scenes backbone support to several existing coalitions and collaborations. They are unabashedly about systems transformation and aware of the complexity of their undertaking and role(s). As a result, Outcome Harvesting was selected as a primary piece of their MEL strategy. Three years into the first five years of funding, they needed to check in with themselves, their database of outcomes, and reorient toward what is on the horizon.

What we did

Picture Impact worked with three of their core teams – we hosted two workshops with each team – to involve them in a review and synthesis process that would be useful for their upcoming decisions and grounding in the evidence for what they are accomplishing. We picked up their beautiful database of over 100 outcomes and completed steps 4 – 6 of Outcome Harvesting—substantiation, analysis, and supporting use. Interviews, google forms, secondary analysis of 80 documents, and staff workshops came together to paint a picture of their work, its place, and the opportunities ahead.

The results

Through the data synthesis process, their outcomes were substantiated, increasing confidence in understanding their contribution to systems change. Specifically, the outcomes analysis confirmed an existing theory of change, which could then be used for identifying places to strengthen.

Overall, we produced a suite of reports with key themes and top recommendations supporting their design-build process—reports were not a typical research/ evaluative layout. The overall initiative received a top 10 document with a clear discussion of topics and implied potential action. Each of the core teams (Kenya, Guatemala, and Internal Learning & Engagement) also received the same. Additionally, we first presented results to multiple stakeholders for validation and deeper discussion. The audience could also ask questions of nuance and clarity before receiving report formats of the same content.

“That was all so well received, and you could really see it resonating with people. I am delighted! It was perfectly pitched for that audience.”

Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, CTWWC

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