Author Archives: Jamie Frederick

Nuru M&E Utilizes a Mixed Methods Approach to Measure Lasting Change

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Some say, “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” At Nuru, I think that our data collection efforts are sometimes worth more than a million words.  If an evaluation were only as easy as taking a picture of the situation before we start an intervention and then taking follow-up pictures along the way at periodic time   …Continue Reading


Reflections from Kenya M&E Program Facilitator Kelly Gannon

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It’s hard to believe that my year here with Nuru Kenya is coming to a close. The work I have done and the relationships I have made over the year have been some of the most rewarding and remarkable experiences I have ever had. In the past year I’ve watched our Kenyan M&E team of   …Continue Reading


Thoughts from Kenya: M&E Guest Post by Mwita Babere

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It’s very sunny here in Kenya but we are still working hard and when I think of Nuru’s mission I work even harder. When I joined Nuru, I never thought I would be so emotionally committed to Nuru and “ending extreme poverty one community at a time”. This phrase takes my heart away, especially when   …Continue Reading


M&E Update: Measuring in Kenya & Ethiopia

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2013 is a busy year for our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team at Nuru International. We are launching an M&E component into Ethiopia and we’ll be collecting impact data for our Agriculture, CED, Healthcare and Education programs in Kenya. In Ethiopia, Kristin Lindell is one of our newest Fellows and has joined us to help   …Continue Reading


Migration Monarch Butterflies and the MPAT

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Returning from Kenya in November last year, I’m back in the US working to provide insight and strategy on Monitoring & Evaluation systems in Kenya and soon to be Ethiopia. Living in sunny Santa Barbara, I have the luxury of being able to visit the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Preserve which is the overwintering site of   …Continue Reading


Our Household Survey

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The purpose of the Nuru Household (HH) survey is to collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions conducted by Nuru International’s programs. The survey primarily addresses Nuru’s Healthcare and Water & Sanitation programs. Due to the holistic nature of Nuru’s model, the survey also aims to assess a few outcomes that result from   …Continue Reading


Measuring the Impact of Nuru’s Model

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All over the world, inequalities exist.  In the US, the typical white family has 20 times the wealth of the median black family.  People like Troy Davis face the death penalty even when facts are hazy.  Where Nuru works in Kenya, people can still go to bed hungry, children do not always go to school,   …Continue Reading


Conducting a Baseline Healthcare Household Survey

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Gazing across the rural Kurian countryside, you see houses scattered miles apart from each other, hills rolling, and no major roads but rather tiny, winding walking paths that stretch through fields of maize, over streams without bridges, and over the horizon out of sight.  To perform a survey in this landscape is trying – because   …Continue Reading


Participation in Evaluation

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What do you get when you cross the community’s point-of-view and working to determine the impact of programming?  Participatory evaluation. According to the World Bank, participatory evaluation is when stakeholders are involved in various phases of the monitoring or evaluation process.  In June, Gaby mentioned the M&E team is in the process of developing Program   …Continue Reading


Meet Rogonga, M&E Field Manager for Nuru Kenya

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I recently interviewed my counterpart, Rogonga Augustine, about his experience working for Nuru and his recent work with the MPAT. He’s featured on the right in the photo above, training enumerators to implement the MPAT survey. Hi Rogonga! Tell us a few things about yourself, such as your age, your favorite food and your favorite book. Sure.   …Continue Reading