WACC staff, BfW facilitators and representatives of AMARC and AFSC at the workshop. Photo: Lucas Nonnemacher.
Workshop leader Robert Mehr stated the aim of the workshop as “reaching a common understanding of how to measure the impact of projects intended to bring about sustainable change in the lives of people and communities affected by unequal relations.”
Particular attention was given to studying effect chains and impact maps as a method of defining an objective that includes clear inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.
A new element for many participants was the introduction of category called “use of outputs”. This is as an intermediary stage indicating the practical application of what a project produces in contributing to the outcome.
What was a rather technical workshop proved both stimulating and useful.
WACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, commented, “WACC is very grateful to Bread for the World for taking the initiative to make such training available. It enhances WACC’s own capacity and improves our professional competence as well as fostering closer relations with other Bread for the World partners in North America.”
WACC will take steps to apply the workshop principles to its own monitoring and reporting of projects in the field of communication rights.