Grassroots Development Framework

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In business, profits are the bottom line. In grassroots development, a project must generate material improvements in the quality of life of the poor. Poverty entails not only lack of income but also lack of access to a range of basic services (including education, healthcare, shelter and others), as well as insufficient opportunity for active civic participation. The GDF draws indicators of better conditions into a single tool that measures the impact and the results of IAF’s funding. It was created by applying what had been learned from more than 4,900 IAF-funded projects. Since the GDF’s pilot testing, the IAF has offered training in its use to several interested development assistance institutions.

GDF levels in pyramid graphicHow does the GDF work?

The premise of the GDF is that grassroots development produces tangible and intangible results at three levels: for individuals and families, for organizations and for the community or society at large. The GDF seeks to measure and document both tangible and intangible results. IAF grantees select from a menu of 41 indicators and use them to report their progress toward the goals of their project. Data collected twice a year from grantees (in an easy-to-use Excel chart) is verified by contracted professionals and forwarded to the IAF, where it is analyzed and compiled into Results Report by the Office of Evaluation.

For a one page summary on the GDF, click here.