This schema values the contributions of cultural engagement, often considered intangible and therefore immeasurable, to be assessed using a systemised approach. This, in turn, enables us to understand how effective we are being in achieving project objectives, thus contributing to evidence-based practice, which is increasingly required by our partners, including corporate, philanthropy, government and of course, community.
We attempt to understand the difference we make across four of the five cultural domains including; cultural, social, economic, governance and environmental outcomes.
Our method utilises a program logic model with SMART: Specific, measurable, appropriate, realistic, time-framed objectives. Our newly developed Wellbeing Framework is the compass that directs our SMART objectives and analysis thereafter.
Monitoring is carried out on a regular basis ensuring the project outcomes and outputs are being met. Internal evaluations measure project progress and effectiveness and allows for readjustment if required.
Given our work is community driven, a participatory monitoring and evaluating technique is utilised allowing people involved in the projects to be regularly involved in the assessment of behavioural change and empowerment within their communities. Through facilitation with participants, baselines are developed which can be measured against to assess change as a result of the project activities. This methodology has been found to be favourable within community-based initiatives allowing people to make and examine assumptions about what constitutes progress.
Surveys, in-depth interviews with key target community members, and focus group discussions are designed utilising qualitative methods and a grounded theory approach. Sometimes, due to the sample size, results are expected to use a descriptive statistical methodology.