Effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) ensures BlackFem’s strategy is making an impact. Our M&E strategy aims to provide a series of goals that link to our mission and will be tracked using well-defined and measurable metrics with clear targets. BlackFem’s monitoring and evaluation plan will inform decision-making, embed accountability, and identify areas where BlackFem may need to adapt.
BlackFem’s mission is to transform school-based learning so that girls of color in underserved communities are empowered with skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth. Our M&E plan is designed to build evidence that we are effectively accomplishing our mission.
Our M&E goals show how BlackFem is making an impact across our mission’s implied theory of change: we measure our direct program outcomes, our impacts on individuals, and our impacts on the overall education system. Successful direct program outcomes drive individual impacts, which in turn help advance system transformation. Our M&E goals are:
1. To empower schools and teachers to deliver effective wealth literacy education. The direct outcome of our programs is to put effective education tools into the hands of schools and teachers to deliver wealth literacy programs.
2. To endow girls of color with skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth. Our work with teachers and schools positively impact individuals’ abilities to build wealth.
3. To transform underserved schools and communities. Our individual impacts, and our community interventions, create impacts on the school and community system over time.
For each of these goals, we have defined metrics and targets that provide a clear framework for evaluating BlackFem’s success.