Performance Evaluation of Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP)

I4DI conducted a performance evaluation of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) which sought to bolster the program’s effectiveness in addressing the structural barriers Haitian youth face in local contexts towards pursuing higher educational achievement. The evaluation used data collected from five focus group discussions, 23 key informant interviews, and three online surveys with students and alumni of the HELP program, employers, and Service-Learning Project partners. The three surveys had distinct sets of questionnaires. In addition, I4DI conducted a comprehensive literature review of pertinent documents in the field of civic engagement and youth leadership in order to identify best practices and flesh out sound recommendations. The collected information from the review of collected documents, responses to online surveys, and interviews was then integrated into an evaluation report in accordance with the standard OECD/DAC standard evaluation criteria. Scope of work included identifying contribution to overall program objectives, strengths and weaknesses; synergies with other HELP activities and the larger organizations; identification of practical and strategic areas for improvement that served as a communication tool for staff, board, and donors, to illustrate the current state of the program and futures plans. Lastly, provided recommendations for an on-going monitoring and evaluation strategy to be implemented internally, incorporating short-term and long-term performance measures.