Impact measurement is the process of identifying the effect Just Play is having on children, teachers, community members, partners and stakeholders. The most important thing to measure is the benefit that the programme will have on children.
It is important to measure change so that we can:
- Know what has changed for children, teachers and community members on account of the Just Play programme
- Know the extent of this change
- Learn from this process and make improvements for the future.
The Just Play Programme believes in a participatory approach to impact measurement and monitoring and evaluation. Measuring human behaviour is complex and involves challenges and hence a mixed methods approach of qualitative and quantitative methods. Questionnaires are administered by teachers who implement the sessions. The process of data collection and gathering happens in the form of a discussion with children before the sessions begins and tests their basic knowledge and perception related to healthy lifestyles, gender equality . At the end of the sessions, the same set of discussion questions are administered (discussion after) to the same set of children.
Qualitative methods such as focus groups and stories of change also provide rich and valuable information. Wherever Just Play programmes are implemented, capacity of the team is built to be able to supplement data from questionnaires with qualitative data.