Evaluation of a mobile school

Evaluation of a mobile school is done based on 3 criteria:

1. The objective

Mobile School NPO wishes its materials and methodology to have an impact on the self-respect of street children. The consequences of this positive impact are:

  • Humanising life on the street

    Many of the target adolescents have long and profound experiences of the street. Because of this, dreams of a future beyond the street are not always realistic. Even when outreach work results in a positive self-image, with no further steps toward reintegration, this stronger self-image will result in humanisation of life on the street.
    Mobile School NPO refuses to give up on street children 'because they cannot be reintegrated'. In addition to self-respect, processes are created that develop social skills: better communication, less aggression, more respect and understanding…

  • Prevention work

    Shoeshiners, newspaper vendors, child labourers… all are regularly reached during their stay on the street. They are exposed daily to the risk of sinking deeper into the street culture. Enhanced self-esteem makes them more resistant and diminishes the likelihood of getting lost in the street culture.

  • Preparing for reintegration

    A positive self-image is an important foundation for the choice to move away from the street. One's self-image increases the chance of successful reintegration.

2. A safe investment

A mobile school is placed – via a loan for use contract – with an independent partner organisation. To receive the school for an indefinite period, the partner must meet a number of basic criteria.

The two main criteria are:

  • A minimum number of working hours

    The partner must commit to a minimum of 10 working hours on the street.

  • Quarterly evaluation

    The partner must send an evaluation document to Mobile School NPO each quarter. If a school is not performing, Mobile School NPO is entitled to demand the school back. The materials are then transferred to a different relevant project.

3. Measuring impact

The impact of the investment is measured by Mobile School NPO in two ways:

  • Based on quantity

    The time spent on the streets is measured per school. The number of children reached and the basis for this measurement is registered.

    The aim is for each mobile school to make at least 2.000 contacts with street children yearly. Often twice this amount is achieved. With proper care of the materials, they will last 7 to 10 years. This means that over the total life of a school, it should be possible to make more than 14.000 contacts with street children. This is certainly no problem for well-functioning schools: they generally can easily make 40.000 contacts.

  • Based on quality

    Putting hours in on the street is worthless if during these hours, street workers do not do good work. Mobile School NPO regularly sends people to measure the quality of the partner organisations, based on observations and self-evaluation by street workers and street children. These results are processed into a qualitative assessment that includes several categories:

    + Basic competencies
    + Knowledge of methodology
    + Creativity
    + Preparation
    + Teaching methods
    + + Social skills
    + Self-esteem

    Based on these, partners receive extra coaching. An action plan is drawn up to increase the quality. Mobile School NPO thus guarantees that each euro invested has maximum impact on the life of street children.

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