Photo source: (HELP): Haitian Education & Leadership Program
I4DI began a comprehensive evaluation of Haitian Education & Leadership Program’s (HELP) flagship Citizenship & Leadership Program and provide recommendations for future improvement.
HELP is the largest university scholarship program in Haiti, supporting 170 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. HELP’s mission is to build, through merit- and needs-based university scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who will contribute to a more just society in Haiti. HELP scholarships include classes at internationally accredited universities, books, housing, transportation, meals, advising and counseling, computer access, classes in English, IT, and Citizenship & Leadership, internship programs, study abroad opportunities, and career services. HELP’s
HELP’s Citizenship & Leadership Program started in 2011 and includes a 4-year curriculum based on the Social Change Model of Leadership. The overall goal of the Citizenship &Leadership program is to ensure that HELP students and alumni are leaders and engaged citizens in pursuit of HELP’s mission. Additionally, the Citizenship &Leadership program strives to ensure that all students have:
- An increased understanding of the theories of citizenship and leadership, and identification of avenues for civic engagement and social change in Haiti.
- A better understanding of self and others.
- Improved communications skills such as writing, speaking, critical thinking, and giving and receiving constructive feedback.
- An increased level of leader identification, motivation and initiative-taking. · An understanding that they are responsible for contributing to a more just society in their communities.
I4DI will assess and measure the contribution of the Citizenship & Leadership Program, identify its strengths and weaknesses and synergies with other HELP activities and the larger organization. In addition, the evaluation will identify practical and strategic areas for improvement and serve as the communication tool for staff, board and donors to illustrate the current state of the program and futures plans.
Using participatory methods that include Concept Mapping and Social Return on Investment approach, I4DI will:
- Provide a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the program and its contributions and identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement of the program
- Review and assess relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the HELP Citizenship &Leadership curriculum, structure, monitoring and evaluation documentation and other tools used by the program
- Conduct a field visit to Haiti to collect primary data using a mixed method approach from HELP staff, HELP Students, Alumni, service-learning project partners and beneficiaries and other stakeholders
- Conduct extensive research of best practices on youth leadership development and civic engagement and provide recommendations for program strategy, Theory of Change and monitoring and evaluation approach.