Approach to Impact Study

The foundation for EWB-USA’s approach to impact is a planning, monitoring, and evaluation framework that promotes learning and improved performance across the organization. Robust evaluation methodologies establish clear links between past, present and future initiatives. These processes help EWB-USA to better understand and account for the extent to which our efforts are going in the right direction, whether progress and success can be claimed, whether we are making the changes we hoped to make, and how future efforts might be improved.

  • Plan

    Plan

    Identify Issues & Design Interventions
  • Build

    Build

    Implement Lasting Infrastructure to Meet Needs
  • Learn

    Learn

    Analyze Progress Toward Partner Goals
  • Apply

    Apply

    Integrate Learning for Process Improvement

Measuring Impact

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Our members apply their technical skills to meet the world's most pressing challenges. Their careers and their lives are changed forever through these experiences. We are committed to learning form their observations continuing to foster global leaders in engineering.
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    No glass ceilings around here.
    Approximately 30% of EWB-USA member engineers are female, which is more than double the 14% industry average.

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    A community for the curious and altruistic.
    Studies find that EWB-USA members are more open to new experiences and more motivated to serve the social good than their peers.

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    We think outside the box.
    EWB-USA members exhibit higher-than-average professional skills, making them coveted recruits by the world's premier engineering firms.

EXTERNAL REVIEWS
Our vision of success is for our partner communities to enjoy an improved quality of life as a result of our collaboration. We measure more than the project functionality. Our framework assesses quality of life changes—from both successful projects and failures.
  • 76%

    OF PROJECTS
    WERE FUNCTIONAL
    AS DESIGNED

  • 66%

    OF PROJECTS
    DEMONSTRATED MAINTENANCE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED

  • 75%

    OF COMMUNITIES
    SHOWED THE CAPACITY
    TO SUSTAIN THE PROJECT

IMPACT REVIEWSPROJECT MONITORINGEXTERNAL REVIEWS

Limitations

It is crucial to our success and relevancy as an international development organization to learn about our impact in the world. This empowers us to evolve our delivery models and continually improve our approaches. But there are limits to identifying the impact we have had, positive or negative.

It would be impossible to do an in-depth impact evaluation on every project we have ever implemented. Our approach to studying our impact accounts for this limitation and is designed to review representative subsets of our work over time and across regions. In 2015, 202 of our completed international community programs were reviewed.

It would be equally impossible to track each of our thousands of members since 2002 to learn how EWB-USA involvement has impacted their life. An extensive survey on member experiences was conducted on 672 volunteers in 2014. We continue to develop tools for compiling member feedback in a routine and consistent way, ensuring that the valuable experiences of the past shape the way we support our members in the future.

We are encouraged by what we have learned so far and the power of these lessons to help our organization grow. We continue to strive for a comprehensive understanding of our work in the world to more effectively create lasting, positive change for our partners.