Measuring Impacts: As human potential is realized, there is increased community capacity and ownership, and decreased need for Bridges support. To us, this is success; this is the impact towards which we are working.
Bridges uses Outcome Mapping to collect and assess our programs’ outputs, outcomes, and indicators on an ongoing basis such that we might measure, improve, and report on performance. We gather feedback, stories, and learnings from program participants and facilitators in order to stay relevant and viable in meeting the needs of those we work with. We also monitor behaviour change and capacity growth of people we work with by means of tracking progress markers and gathering information on human resiliency.
Graphic: As human potential is realized, a result is increased community capacity and ownership, and a decreased need for Bridges support.
Example: Ayoub participated in Bridges’ Unveiling Youth Potential (UYP) program in the fall of 2009. Several weeks post-program, Ayoub expressed interest in further training and mentorship from Bridges such that he could learn to run the program with other youth he was connected to. In the summer of 2010, Ayoub returned to his home country of Yemen to execute Bridges’ UYP program for more than 30 youth living therein. Ayoub then orchestrated followup with the Yemeni program participants, connecting them to further resources so that they might continue their journeys to realized potential. As Ayoub’s capacity and ownership for creating positive change increased, his need for support from Bridges became less and less, while still resulting in remarkable impact.