Changes for good
We define impact as ‘significant or sustainable change in people’s lives brought about by a given action or series of actions’.
Implementing change – for good – is at the heart of what World Vision does. And because the changes we help bring to children living in some of the world’s hardest places happen because of our donors and supporters, we are committed to showing them what is achieved on their behalf, honestly and transparently.
As part of our responsibility to the people and agencies that help us make change happen, we have increased our focus on impact reporting. Since 2010, we have produced an annual Impact Report that honestly reports and reflects on evidence of real change for children through World Vision UK supported programmes across the world.
Making a difference
During 2012, we have been able to demonstrate that 340 of our projects – in 31 countries – have contributed towards the improved wellbeing of 3.77 million children.
The summary below shows the overall positive impact of our recent long-term work based on a meta-analysis of all evaluations conducted in the past two years:
- 5.33 percent decrease in underweight children
- 17.86 percent increase in children who have full immunisation
- 16.2 percent increase in access to safe drinking water
- 26 percent improvement in livelihoods, resulting from improved agriculture.
Child protection; care and rights
- 26.7 percent increase in ‘children living a life free from neglect, violence and abuse’
- 22 percent increase in school enrolment rate and 13.53 percent decrease in dropout rates.
In the past year, 971,090 people were assisted with emergency assistance. This included:
- 728,299 people benefited from emergency food supplies
- 33,131 benefitted from hygiene promotion activities
- 9,891 shelters constructed.
Importantly, in the past year, 70 percent of the children whose lives we helped change were in fragile contexts, demonstrating our focus on those living in fragile, conflict-affected environments.
We are committed to the highest levels of transparency and accountability to people living in poverty, supporters, donors, governments, peers and ourselves. As part of this, we adhere and exceed a number of accountability international standards.
We believe that beneficiary feedback mechanisms are at the heart of our work and their feedback and validation maximises the impact of our programmes. Transparency is an underlying factor that enables feedback to be effective. World Vision UK recently won a tender from Department for International Development (DFID) to implement three models of beneficiary feedback mechanisms across nine DFID Global Poverty Action Fund programmes to assess the impact and value for money of each approach. This builds on our commitment to beneficiary feedback mechanisms and community validation of impact.
To strengthen our impact reporting, we have been building an evidence base, structured around our three key themes – child health, child protection and humanitarian action.
To ensure the quality of our evidence is rigourous, we use BOND's Principles for Assessing Evidence.
World Vision is tracking global child wellbeing outcomes with an associated compendium of indicators that are based on industry standards and appropriately contextualised. These child wellbeing outcomes enable progress to be tracked in child wellbeing in key areas of health, education and protection.
Read our Child Wellbeing Aspirations and Outcomes documentation to find out more.
From improving the health of mothers and infants in Cambodia to helping provide an education for child labourers in Bangladesh, all our projects are able to demonstrate the impact they have made.
Making a difference to mothers and infants
By using nutritional indicators, we were able to show a marked increase in the amount of antenatal and postnatal care at a health centre supported by World Vision in Kampong Tralach in Cambodia.
Some of the nutritional indicators showed excellent improvements, particularly the early breastfeeding and taking of iron/folic acid tablets. These were associated with better antenatal care and birth attendance. Other nutritional indicators such as the mother’s diet, exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding showed little change.
World Vision utilise a range of approaches to improve access to quality health care including: empowering citizens to hold service providers to account; awareness raising, training, peer learning and sensitisation in areas such as nutrition and breastfeeding; direct; strengthening health facilities and provisions.
These results were backed up by the focus groups conducted with mothers of young children, who confirmed a much better availability of care and services from the health centre. One focus group mother said: “All villagers go to get antenatal service, delivery service and post delivery at the health centre. If the woman is still weak after delivery, we can stay… for one week.”
Making a difference to child labourers
Moyna is 11 years old and lives in ChillaGabbunia in Bangladesh. Her mother fell sick three years ago and was unable to work. To make up for the loss of income, Monya gave up school and started collecting river fish fry and shrimp to sell instead.
Moyna worked mostly with her parents, but sometimes she was sent alone to collect the crabs, plunging a wooden stick and net into the water, binding ropes and waiting for a catch. Separating the fish fry from other species, Monya’s tiny hands became covered in crab bites.
Monya continued to work like this until, with European Union funding, World Vision launched non-formal education classes in her village. Now – as part of the Our Forest, Our Life project dedicated to helping child collectors and children at risk gain an education – Monya is receiving and benefiting from an education again.
Through informal classes, it is hoped that child labourers like Monya will be able to complete two years of formal school in three and be able to join the fourth grade of primary education in January 2015.