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Program Outcomes and Impact

Program Outcomes and Impact

The issues and challenges in education are deep-rooted and complex, sustained work is required at all levels of the education system to address these issues. We have chosen capacity building of civil society organizations who do such sustained and systemic work as our lever of change. Such an approach does not produce immediate visible result. The impact of our work in education is in many ways, indirect, non-linear and manifests only in the longer-term and often in unforeseeable ways. This is important because it represents strengthening of institutional capacity for reforms in education.

The outcome we aim for through our program is the growth in the capacity of our partner organizations. Many of our partners have grown significantly in their impact in education at the state and national levels. They enhanced their capabilities and effectiveness in areas and domains they have been working in and developed new capabilities over the years.

Another important outcome has been our partner network itself. Our Annual Partners' Forum has emerged as a unique annual gathering of educational community, where practitioners get together to engage in reflective discussions and exchanges. New possibilities emerge, key educational issues are discussed and learnings and experiences from different contexts cross-leveraged in these gatherings.

Some of the more specific outcomes and outputs from our work over the years have been listed below:

Understanding Impact

IOOI (Input, Output, Outcome and Impact) is a framework often used for Impact Assessment in social interventions. Since the intended long-term impact of our work is educational change at the systemic level and our strategy operates in a non-linear fashion, Impact in education is not something that can be easily assessed. Instead, we focus on Outcomes at the level of capability building and growth of our partners. The Outcomes as we report them are based on our interactions with our partner organizations, field visits, review meetings and reports from partner organizations. They have not been verified through independent assessments.

In this section, we look at the following:

  1. Input, Output & Outcome for this year at a program level - captures the overall financial outlay for the program (Input) and the key Output and Outcomes.
  2. Organization-wise Output and Outcomes using a few representative examples.
  3. Case studies which bring out the growth in capacity of organizations.

Input, Output & Outcome at Program level (2015-16)

The financial outlay for our work in 2015-16 was Rs. 56.8 million.

  • A strategic and operating framework has been developed for accelerated expansion of partner network to 100 organizations over the next 5 years.
  • A five-member Governance Committee has been constituted for decision making.
  • Seeding Fellowship program launched to support individuals and groups starting organizations working in school education
  • Continued supporting 16 organizations through programmatic grants, fellowships, conferences and publications. This included engagement with four new & upcoming organizations being supported from last year. Six new organizations were finalized for support in line with expansion strategy : two of these pertain to ‘seeding fellowships’ and four towards organizational support
  • Instituted an award for children’s literature in partnership with Goodbooks Trust and The Hindu Lit Fest
  • Support to Eklavya for educational publications such as Beta Kare Sawal (a book for adolescent boys), an atlas for children etc., to be published in FY 16-17.
  • Supported conferences on: multilingual education organized by Muskaan and Eklavya; Impact Assessment in Environmental Education conducted by Nature Conservation Foundation; Worlds of Fear: School Culture, organized by Centre for Learning and a conference on Nai Talim organized by Anand Niketan.
  • The 16th Partner’s Forum on organizational sharing was held in April 2015. The 3 day forum was a well-attended affair with close to 100 participants from various organizations

Input, Output and Outcomes (Organization-wise) – Some examples

Below are some examples of organizations whom we have supported for three years or more. These include a diverse range of organizations, such as one working with first generation tribal learners developing a multilingual pedagogy, another one working for the education of street children developing a comprehensive education support model for care homes, an ecological conservation organization building their capacities to bring conservation and ecology education to schools and children and so on.

Our inputs to organizations are common across board and include:

  • financial support to focus on their key objectives
  • regular engagement through meetings, field visits and planning and review at important stages
Centre for Equity Studies/Rainbow Foundation
  • Rainbow foundation works in the area of education and comprehensive care of street children till they reach independent adulthood. Center for Equity Studies setup and managed the homes in Delhi for many years; this is now completely managed by Rainbow Foundation.
OutputOutcome
  • Baseline and progress-level of each child mapped and developed through the year.
  • Surveys, reviews and planning meetings conducted for and between children, teachers and education and project teams to understand and improve teaching-learning processes, share updates and plan ahead.
  • Weekly sessions on life-skills to help children develop skills and attitudes they would have naturally imbibed from normal homes.
  • Sports, dance, theatre, craft and other activities conducted regularly for children.
  • Rainbow Foundation (spun off from Center for Equity Studies) has developed into a high capacity organization to build and implement a Comprehensive Education Program for vulnerable children living in care homes, particularly open homes for street children.
  • Rainbow Foundation has evolved into a resource organization supporting the implementation of this model in 42 homes in 7 cities through partnerships
Nature Conservation Foundation
  • Works in the area of scientific research and on-ground action in understanding and conserving wild nature. In school education, they aim to work towards bringing this understanding and the wonder of nature into schools.
OutputOutcome
  • New educational material developed.
  • Consolidated and digitized all of NCF's educational outputs including books, booklets and posters produced so far by NCF's different programmes.
  • Articles and themed nature activities published on ecology in The Hindu in Schools edition and children's magazines like Chakmak and Brainwave.
  • NCF is a highly capable organization in the ecological conservation domain. It is evolving into an organization seriously and genuinely engaging with school education in the areas of conservation and nature education.
Shikshamitra
  • Works as a resource organization in primary education and an open learning space for children, teachers, parents and others working in education.
OutputOutcome
  • Language (Bangla and English) training and dissemination workshops held for teachers, NGOs etc.
  • Library established at Shikshamitra and 3 sets of early reader story cards published.
  • 3 items of documentation produced on Shikshamitra's past programs.
  • Team expanded.
  • Research study initiated on understanding or decoding the "errors" in children's writing.
  • Sessions conducted for children who could not read, write or do basic arithmetic.
  • A study on various ways and spaces that story cards were used was undertaken and another one on the impact of the Bangla reading and writing programme being used in govt. schools was also undertaken.
  • Shikshamitra is evolving into a resource organization for Bangla, English and Mathematics for primary schools in West Bengal supporting other civil society organizations working with children/education as well as for teachers/schools.
  • Curriculum, materials and methodology developed to effectively teach Bangla and English under difficult circumstances
  • Resource centre and library at Shikshamitra has expanded.
Vikramshila
  • An established resource organization in elementary education in the country, works towards capacity building at various levels of the school system and in a variety of issues and subjects in school education. Vikramshila is trying to strengthen and develop an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to social science learning
OutputOutcome
  • Textbook analysis conducted to identify gaps between West Bengal and national level text books in the light of NCF 2005.
  • Resource material developed around themes of Gender and Diversity for contextualized use.
  • Capacity building sessions for in-house team were held with experts giving their suggestions as well.
  • Workshops were conducted with teachers in West Bengal and Tripura to contextualize Social and Political Science textbooks in the state
  • Vikramshila has consolidated their work in Social Science and is building capacity in curriculum and pedagogy in Social Science.
  • Their understanding and ability to produce integrated and contextualized material on social science themes such as gender, media, diversity etc. are improving
  • They are is in the initial stages of building capacity to work with teachers on an integrated approach to social science.
  • Their work in Social Science is being included in Life skill modules in different curricula, and is being trialed in Tripura Govt. schools.
Muskaan
  • Works with marginalized urban communities to develop appropriate educational models and methods for first generation learners. Given the multilingual nature of the communities and the contexts, Muskaan is developing and strengthening a multilingual approach to education
OutputOutcome
  • Team attended capacity building workshops conducted by Eklavya.
  • Workshops held with tribal communities to share and document people's journeys over the years.
  • Different kinds of material developed for use in class, including material in Pardhi and Gondi.
  • Work with children in their tribal languages, English and Hindi in the 4 multilingual learning centres.
  • Story telling events held at different platforms where community members of different ethnicities shared stories.
  • Language materials developed with involvement from community members-parents and children- and teachers.
  • Muskaan is developing capacity to systematize their classroom practices into methodologies for multilingual education and also adapt and develop new methodologies based on theory and research from elsewhere
  • The organization is gaining capacity in developing curriculum and pedagogy for multilingual education for first generation learners.
  • They are also developing capacity to create learning resources for children from their own contexts and culture.
  • Developing capacity to create learning resources for teachers and other organizations on multilingual education.
  • Muskaan is developing into a resource organization for multilingual education.

Wipro Seeding Programme for Educational Civil Society Organizations

Wipro believes that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have a significant role to play in bringing about systemic change in school education and that for a country of India’s size and diversity there needs to a large number of capable organizations engaged in this task. Over the past years, we have thus engaged with scores of organizations of diverse kinds, working in different parts of the country, many of which have made significant contributions to school education over the last decade. We further believe that it is through years of focused and sustained work that organizations achieve the deep understanding, expertise, maturity and credibility required to influence and create systemic impact; and also recognize the continuing dearth of such organizations in various parts of the country.

Wipro’s Seeding Programme for Educational CSOs thus supports the creation and development of new educational organizations that can contribute meaningfully to Indian school education; by supporting highly committed and capable teams and individuals who share our vision of good quality education being available to every Indian child, through a three year Founders’ Fellowship – to set up effective educational NGOs, in geographies of their choice.

Wipro is currently supporting 17 Founders representing 8 organizations under this programme. These range from an organization working to transform schools in Jammu and Kashmir to an organization working with the state government system to improve educational access and quality for migrant-labor children in Karnataka; to an organization that works with physical education teachers to improve sports-education in schools in Rajasthan to one which is setting-up and improving school-libraries in Manipur.

Wipro plans to seed and support about 10 educational civil society organizations every year under this programme, over the next few years.