As a leader in child protection and child rights advocacy in India, accountability, particularly to the communities we seek to serve, is of the highest importance to us.
At Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), we hold ourselves accountable to all those we serve and all those who support us. We take our responsibility for using resources efficiently and achieving measurable results very seriously and therefore we do everything we can to ensure every engagement with us is proven worthwhile. Our donors, volunteers, ambassadors and the public who support us through their donations, time and skills are critical to our success. We are committed to being transparent to our supporters and accountable for the money they raise and the time they give.
Accountability therefore requires us to regularly and honestly assess the quality of our work, share the learnings from the findings with the stakeholders and apply those learnings in our future actions. Accountability also demands that KSCF builds the capacity of its partners including civil society, government, businesses, and children, so that they themselves develop more effective practices and approaches for monitoring, evaluation and learning. We also recognize that the solutions we seek are elusive and that we must continue to remain accountable to ourselves to keep learning and building our own capacities to deliver better, always.
Evaluation is an integral component of all our programmatic, campaigns and learning interventions, which is essential for maximizing KSCF’s effectiveness on the ground and in achieving our mission. For the same, we have organizational and programmatic policies and systems in place that are embedded in the process from start to finish.
All programs, major campaigns and key innovation projects therefore have a rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning systems that include the following:
- A baseline assessment of the situation and on ground conditions prior to intervention
- A monitoring system with quarterly, mid-term reports documenting progress against plans as per the indicators of measurement set
- Annual (or quarterly for faster-paced advocacy and campaign initiatives) reviews that document and aggregate evidences collected and shared with multi-stakeholders
- An external or internal evaluation after the intervention finishes.
- Quarterly reporting to our patrons on the progress made, challenges faced and how the contribution of all our patrons made a difference.
- Regular periodic financial audits.