Research and Evaluation- Evaluation of Life Skills and Learning Enhancement Programme for Children and Adolescents in the Selected Areas in four States- Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra and West Bengal- Magic Bus India Foundation
Magic Bus works with adolescents and youth from underserved backgrounds who are most vulnerable to poverty. For the last seventeen years it has facilitated the development of adolescent into responsible adults with greater control and choice. The organization has been a pioneer in delivering Activity-Based-Curriculum programmes in India, through an innovative Sport for Development approach.
Through this approach it achieves a range of social and personal outcomes with gender as a cross cutting theme. The approach works towards building life skills with an education focus with younger adolescents aged 12-14 when they begin the programme. As they grow towards the transition years into adulthood, the programme focuses on the work readiness and livelihood components.
Magic Bus adopts Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecosystemic approach wherein together with the children, the immediate community is also involved in the process of change. These collaborations include parents, communities, key stakeholders and local governance systems who will be involved at every step of the journey and who will initially be made aware of, then support and finally take ownership of the programme.
In order to bring about the holistic development of children through the journey, Magic Bus aims to achieve the following milestones along the way:
- Graduate from secondary school with basic literacy and numeracy levels
- Aspire towards higher education attainment and be aware of the specific hard skills required for the kind of work they seek to do
- Be equipped with the social, emotional and soft skills for the world of work
- Have a smooth school to work transition
Magic Bus uses sports and activity based learning as a medium for bringing development in the given domain areas among the target group. Sport inherently brings participation, social inclusion and breaks barriers that bring individuals and communities together. Weekly sport based activity enable children and youth to play, learn, be aware and change. This is supplemented by many activities, off the field, especially with the local community, to create a conducive environment so that all stakeholders can participate and contribute to achieve desired outcomes.
A child’s journey begins with Magic Bus at age 7 and continues till the age of 25, when the child moves into the world of livelihood.
Objective of the projects
- Improved participation and regularity of school going children
- Increased demonstration of positive attitudes and behaviour towards gender equity
- Increased positive behaviour in preventive healthcare
- Increased participation of other stakeholders (Parents and community members)
Magic Bus projects are monitored closely by project management teams who measure the enrolment, retention, attendance of children, youths and parents at sessions. In addition to this the programme is monitored for quality outputs using various formats. All monitoring is done by trained staff using tested formats, at pre-determined intervals.
The programmes are evaluated against outcomes set at the outset of the programme. The evaluations are typically done for a sample of the total intervention population using robust sampling methodologies.
Basis the findings from the baseline, midline and end line targets are set for selected low-performing indicators. These in turn help to understand the focus and progress of the programme.
Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to measure the changes in behavior attributes of the children attending MBIF sessions of different projects mentioned in table as compared to baseline.
It has designed an individual respondent questionnaire, considering the objectives and indicators to assess for each project. The study has to be implemented in the field by using online application ‘Survey CTO’. The required training on how to use mobile application will be given to the field emulators. The softcopy of questionnaires designed were developed in English and then translated into local language. The questionnaires were pretested on parallel groups of respondents to ascertain the flow of sequence of the questions, the suitability of the language, the appropriateness of the skip instructions and the comprehensiveness of the issues to address the objectives of the study.
A detailed analysis of survey results as per result framework.
- Comparison with secondary data and baseline survey.
- Recommendation for strengthening programme implementation
- A detailed comparative analysis report of study along with all soft copies of data