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3.0 Module 002 : Participatory Impact Monitoring

3.3.4 Stage 4: Decide on the Method to use

Step 1: Divide the beneficiaries according to gender (women, men), ages [youth, young adults and adults) or different socio-economic status as per the targeted group.


Step 2: Ask beneficiaries to indicate all the benefits they derived from the project.



Step 3: Use different methods to assess the level of impact













  1. Time-based pair-wise ranking and matrix scoring assess the change.


Step 1: At the start of the project ask to distribute counters to represent the contribution of each of the food promoted by the project

Step 2: At the end of the project ask participants to distribute counters to represent the contribution of each of the food promoted by the project

Step 3: Facilitate an analysis the difference in for the before and after the project situation

Step 4: Discuss with the participant the differences and trends



  1. Impact Calendars


The tool can be used in measuring impact against dimensional indicators such as time and distance.


  • Time impacts measurement: To measure the number of months of household food security “before the project started” and “after project implementation” a project.
  • The method utilizes three scenarios
    • The household food utilization and depletion trends before and after the project
    • A similar sample of households not involved in the project after the project


Step 1: Participants distribute, e.g. 25 counters along 12 month calendar to show the monthly household utilization of the harvested maize up until depletion.


The exercise should be repeated with community members who had not participated in the project.


Step 2: Participants observe the three scenarios and discuss the impacts. 



  1. Radar Diagrams
  1. Participation

A radar diagrams can be used to measure levels of community participation and time saving benefits in a project. Participation is a qualitative indicator and can easily be measured using a radar diagram. In this example, it’s measured against five components of the project cycle.


Step 1: The participants are asked to gauge their own level of participation in each of the activities identified on a scale of 5 each level being represented by the spokes on the radar diagram. 


Step 2: The results show increasing levels of participation over time.



Radar Diagramme











  1. Time Savings Benefits:


Time saved as a result of a project, or project activity is often cited as a key community impact indicator or project benefit. In a dam rehabilitation project, participants suggested that the time saved on domestic water collection was an important project benefit.


Step 1: Participants estimate how much time they spent each day collecting water before the construction of the dam,


Step 2: Participants estimate how much time they spent on each day collecting water after the project.


Step 3: The responses are recorded, and the radar diagram drawn to visually illustrate the results from eight respondent


Step 4: Participants discuss the observed impacts






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