Monitoring and Evaluating Progress
26. Use self-assessment tools to evaluate your advocacy’s impacts
Every few years, the members of committees established under the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013 (DRPA) may change. Other changes in the resources or priorities of governmental and non-governmental actors may also affect DRPA implementation differently from year to year. DRPA implementation will also vary from district to district and even among subdistricts. It is important to keep track of key indicators of DRPA implementation, including the strength of committees, the level of awareness of persons with disabilities, the level of engagement of civil society, and the effectiveness of the Section 36 procedure.
It is up to civil society to develop measures to monitor DRPA implementation in order to hold the Government of Bangladesh accountable. The experience of USAID’s EPD program is that DPOs can use self-assessment scales developed through this program to monitor the impact of their advocacy activities from year to year. USAID’s EPD program used four 10-point scales to assess differences in DPOs’ perspectives on the effects of their advocacy activities both part way and at the end of their campaigns. DPOs should use these and other similar monitoring tools to track the progress of DRPA implementation over time.
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