Testimonials of our Impact
GAIN has worked with CMS since 2015 (until mid-2018) on our flagship programme, "Seeds of Prosperity" in India. CMS was part of the pilot and then scale-up of the programme as our research partner in two locations in India.The team brought deep insights from their assessments and evaluations for the global program which helped to strengthen our programme and improve the impact on our target population- the tea working community in India. The program received funding to be scaled up significantly. GAIN appreciated CMS very much for their dedication and excellent quality of work.
- Dr. Bärbel Weiligmann
Senior Advisor - Better nutrition. For farmers and workers
Arghyam partnered with Catalyst Management Services (CMS), who measured and evaluated the outcomes of the project. The survey has been designed quite elegantly; it’s a neat, tight set of questions focusing on usage. I was impressed with the way in which the FIs, young girls, were able to strike a rapport almost immediately with the respondents. At times when people didn’t understand the question, they were good at explaining the question to the respondent without leading them towards the answer. It’s a difficult yet important job really, going from house to house in the hot sun, asking the same questions over and over again, but they did it cheerfully and enthusiastically.
- Radhika Viswanathan
We wanted to write to thank you for being such wonderful hosts during our short stay in Delhi, but more importantly for putting on such an excellent event today. The attendance alone was an incredible feat, and the active and passionate engagement of literally dozens of individuals learning about CEI for the first time was inspiring. Suparna and Vijay found the perfect balance of guiding conversation while leaving most of the talking for our participants to do -- this is a fantastic precedent to set as we build demand-driven networks.
- Molly Jamieson Eberhardt
It was a great learning experience for me where I learnt in a Good work environment. The organization made sure we were comfortable and well cared for in terms of our stay, which made working easier. The flexibility of working from home is a great concept which the organization is having. The best part of our internship was our Reporting Officer who helped me understand the work, plan it properly and we worked well as sounding boards to bounce of ideas which gave us a lot of clarity when it came to the processes and analyses part of the project.
- Isha Dash
The multi-staged recruitment process was extensive in the sense that it gave CMS a good understanding of how I could contribute to their endeavors and fit in the organizational structure. As a potential employee, it also gave me a good overview of how methodical CMS is in going about its job and the rigor I would be expected off at work. The three interviews that I had seemed to focus on particular aspects of me as an individual and a professional which in effect allowed me to look back at myself and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses.
- Lucien Chan
Monitoring programmes, projects and organisations is a key enabler to achieving and exceeding results. Towards this, we:
- Design monitoring systems
- Review and improve existing systems
- Help establish and support monitoring systems
We believe in use-focused monitoring systems which help in moving up the evidence-to-results chain, with our proprietary approach PALP (Planning, Accountability, Learning, Performance Management), which helps partners feed monitoring into:
- Planning (and redesigning, including strategy analysis)
- Accountability (to communities, staff and donors)
- Learning (from successes, failures and the big grey middle)
- Performance Management [to understand trajectories, predict the future (not just tell the past), and diagnose]
We believe monitoring is very closed linked to planning and therefore use planning tools such as LFA, TOCs to move them into monitorable milestones, work plans, indicators.
To ensure that our partners don’t have to start from scratch, we have built a pool of resource kits which include:
- Sector based indicator banks
- Automated dashboards tools
- Data acquisition and analysis tools (web and app based)
Some key examples of our work in this area:
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Avahan India AIDS Initiative Phase III across five high HIV-prevalence states in South India. We worked with 87 community organisations, reaching 1,36,000+ key population to design and implement technology driven MEAL systems for better data-based decision making.
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning System for the Poorest Areas Civil Society Programme (PACS-I) across six states of India. We designed, implemented and supported the entire system – input to impact, for about four years, among 300-odd civil society organisations in India (2002-06)
- Design development and implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation System for Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project (WORLP) for Orissa Watershed Development Mission, Government of Orissa. WORLP was being funded by DFID India. The system included baseline analysis, input-activity monitoring, process quality monitoring and output monitoring, using the logical framework of the project. (2005-06)
- Designing and Operationalising a Participatory Monitoring System for Eastern India Rainfed Farming Project and Western India Rainfed Farming Project, supported by DFID – India. (2002)
- Design of a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and tool to support the implementation of an Institutional Network Strengthening Programme, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, for Transparency International (TI) (2012)