In late May, more than 300 youth leaders from every state in Mexico attended “A Stronger México: Pillars of Positive Peace,” a 2-day intensive training on the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP) groundbreaking peace measurement tools. True Roots is currently conducting monitoring and evaluation for this Rotary Global Grant, a joint effort of the Rotary Foundation, IEP, and Rotary District 4185 in Mexico. The partnership is a natural fit based on True Roots consultant Summer Lewis’ connection with Rotary and IEP: she and event coordinator Jorge Meruvia are both Rotary Peace Fellows and Global Peace Index Ambassadors for IEP.
For this project, True Roots has designed monitoring and evaluation tools that go beyond just measuring immediate outputs, or “what is done” in a project—to consider outcomes and impact, or “what difference is there” as a result of the project. Specifically, True Roots is measuring what knowledge, skills, and attitudes participants acquired as part of the 2-day training, and how they apply these post-training in the short- to mid-term.
This information and data will provide a baseline from which to measure the hoped for long-term “ripple effects” brought about by this training: from more Rotary district or global grant applications coming out of Mexico and spearheaded by these youth leaders—to changes in regional issues related to peace and social development.