East African Playgrounds has an extensive monitoring and evaluation system which we use to measure our impact in communities. Our outputs are based on East African Playgrounds theory of change. Assessments are taken at baseline, immediately following implementation and post-programme implementation (after 6-12 months).

Before the project work begins, we will visit the community to undertake baseline monitoring. We gather data on:

  • ECD centre/school attendance, enrolment and attainment (using a questionnaire for teachers)
  • How often children are able to play at home (through interviews with children)
  • How often teachers use play-based teaching (through class observations and interviews with teachers)
  • Children’s social skills (through observation and recording of positive and negative interactions)
  • Children’s physical skills (through simple physical tests eg throw and catch, sprint)
  • Children’s wellbeing (through a wellbeing matrix questionnaire)

 Soon after the playgrounds have been installed and the play training completed in the community, we will carry out post-project monitoring. This will include data on:

  • number of playgrounds installed (from signed certificate of completion)
  • number of teachers and parents/carers trained (from training sign in sheets)
  • number of children using the new playground per day, and approximate age breakdown (through structured observation for a set number of minutes per hour throughout the day, extrapolated to give an approximate number per day)
  • percentage of school and non-school children using the playground (through structured observation and recording as above)

We will then return to the community after 6-12 months, to undertake our return visit monitoring. To allow us to assess our long-term impact, we will repeat the tests, observations and interviews used during baseline monitoring to gather data on changes that have occurred following our intervention.

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