How we track our impact
MONITORING & EVALUATION
At World Bicycle Relief, we believe in the philosophy that all answers are found in the field. Through the use of tools and face-to-face interactions, we capture data and process the results, not only to demonstrate where your money goes, but also to help us continuously improve our programs and our Buffalo Bicycles.
OUR DEDICATED MONITORING AND EVALUATION (M&E) TEAM EXTENSIVELY MEASURES THE IMPACT OF OUR BICYCLES AND PROGRAMS IN THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE OPERATE.
We measure our impact because:
Mobility is an often-overlooked aspect of economic success and poverty alleviation. Mobility is cross-cutting, and a bicycle is a tool that helps people achieve in all areas of their lives.
The data collected by our M&E specialists in the field helps us create models that solve problems faced by people in rural areas due to a lack of mobility.
By evaluating the results of our programs, we are able to raise awareness for the challenges faced, tell the stories of change, determine our impact, and align our work to international best practices, such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We continuously seek ways to improve mobility and access to opportunity around the world. Since we believe that all answers are found in the field, we rely on data from the field to define our path forward.
Increased mobility can have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities, but there are a few specific outcomes that drive our programs.
Decreased Travel Time
“We have a unique opportunity in Zambia to study key topics related to empowerment and mobility. With positive results, the policy implications will be broad.”
– NISHITH PRAKASH, LEAD STUDY RESEARCHER, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, IZA, CReAM & HiCN
Our on-the-ground teams actively engage with our partners, recipients, mechanics, and project schools to to assess whether or not our programs achieve the intended outcomes. We measure our impact through:
Regular evaluations of overall program usage and individual attainment before and after receipt of the bicycle provide valuable data about the performance of our programs.
By empowering Bicycle Supervisory Committees (BSCs) to design and monitor their own programs, the community and beneficiaries assume responsibility for the outcomes.
We evaluate trends related to the durability of our Buffalo Bicycles as well as the cost of ownership and issues around access to spare parts. Learnings from the field inform product development and improvements.
We review baseline evidence (before the bicycles are received) through endline evidence (at the conclusion of the project) and monitor all aspects of our programs to ensure long-lasting, sustainable impact.
Sharing the Impact
World Bicycle Relief is committed to monitoring and evaluating our programs and bicycle design and making iterative improvements based on the results. Download our reports to review our data and see The Power of Bicycles at work.