Measuring Impact


Street Kids Direct have developed a unique set of tools that help to measure the impact of our work.  Thanks to Alex Denton, one of our volunteers, we have been able to direct our funds at the most vulnerable children and then measure how those funds change the life of a child over time.  We measure the following areas of a child´s life in order to better help the child and concentrate our support in the areas the child most needs help.

  1. Health
  2. Family relationships
  3. Community relationships
  4. Boundaries
  5. Constructive use of time
  6. Education
  7. Positive values
  8. Social identity
  9. Esteem and aspirations
  10. Brain mapping
  11. Christian growth

The Search Institute have identified many of these areas as fundamental to ensure a child can succeed.  We have therefore incorporated many of these areas in our impact assessment evaluation tools as well as others developed by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy.

Children rescued from the streets

When we started working in Guatemala City in 1992 there were an estimated 5,000 children living on the streets according to Casa Alianza.  25 years later we, together with other organisations, got that number down to zero!

School year pass rate

The national educational pass rate for a child in Guatemala is 73%.  Those children in the Street Kids Direct mentoring programme achieve a staggering 96% pass rate.

High-risk children now with a mentor
Children can resolve problems better
Children feel their life has a purpose
Parents now take an interest in school
Behaviour has improved at home
Children choose supportive friends

As we continue to evaluate a child´s strengths and developmental assets we can begin to build up a picture of how our support can be most effectively directed. In addition to measuring a child´s development in the above areas we can also start to reduce the risk factors and the adoption of high-risk behaviours such as drug taking, smoking, violence and early sexual involvement.

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