4.1 Indicators of the wider goal
You will first look at the indicators of the wider development goals of the project.
These may be selected from commonly used development indicators, for example indicators of progress towards Millennium Development Goals or national development targets.
This helps make the connection between the aims of the project and wider strategic development goals. Information about these indicators will normally be available in the public domain.
Can you think of two aspects of the situation in the community you could look at to know and show progress towards this wider goal? Type in your answers in the boxes below and then compare them with mine.
There are no correct answers, so don’t worry if yours were different to mine.
The unemployment rate was fairly easy to identify as an indicator, since this is a central concern of the project.
I thought it was also important to consider population trends. Rural depopulation is often an indicator of the lack of livelihood opportunities in these areas. If the unemployment rate is falling simply because people are moving away from the area, this could hardly be considered a sign of success!
I opted for 'school-age population' since the existence of families with children in the community seemed a better indication of sustainable development than overall population numbers.