UnitingWorld is committed to continuous learning.
We want our partnerships and projects to be effective and to address the most relevant issues for our partners and donors. Our project choices are informed by the local knowledge of our partners, and needs assessments we conduct with them in-country.
We also receive guidance from donors. For example, one of our primary donors, the Australian Government (through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program – ANCP) annually identifies priority sectors (gender, health, disability) in regions and countries where we work
As we support our partners to implement the projects that serve their communities, we assess the impact of the work through regular monitoring, reporting and evaluations. We use qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure changes in community attitudes, behaviour and circumstances. This data helps us, our partners and their local communities to make decisions about the usefulness of programs and the types of activities we should prioritise in the future.
We invite our partners and staff to provide feedback regarding the quality and effectiveness of our partnerships and working relationships, encouraging suggestions as to how these can be enhanced. We use reflective exercises, surveys and interviews to gather this information.
We share our learnings with partners and other stakeholders, including the local community. We celebrate successes, note issues of concern and share learning among partners, particularly at a regional level. We also communicate our learning with our donors, supporters and other stakeholders such as DFAT and the broader Australian development community at conferences. We partner with the Church Agencies’ Network (CAN) Performance Effectiveness group, including to examine evaluations for lessons in collaboration and to share learning within the CAN network.
Each project page on this site has links to regular updates of project progress, stories of change and impact, and reports from evaluations.