Project Everest

[Impact Evaluation Plan]: Energy Infrastructure April 2019

Madeleine Laws
Madeleine Laws | 10 months ago | in ROA **TRAINING**

We will provide villagers of lower affluence (in Jumtha and Vengara), with a solution to energy sources in their homes and communities.


What are the intended outcomes of the Project?

Positive Impacts:

Ultimately: to provide cheaper and more reliable energy sources to those in lower SES areas

  • Increase children’s education: to assist families with an alternative, safer lighting solution which creates the opportunity for children to finish homework and study after dark. Increased education = improved life
  • Improved respiratory health: to provide a solution which decreases the levels toxic fumes used in households, thus improving respiratory health.
  • Reduces financial stress: to provide a solution which allows people to work later at night and be more productive during day to day activities.
  • Day to day - solution would involve a charging feature, in order to save travel time to charge, money as well as physical effort
  • Late at night - solution would provide people with an alternative to work later at night due to more adequate light
  • Thus, Improved mood on a day-to-day basis: to provide a solution which actively considers the necessity for regular community interactions.

Negative impacts:

  • Decreased community togetherness: solution may create a divide within society between those who have access and actively use the solar panels, and those who do not.
  • In Amisen, communities find it is integral that they spend time interacting with each other as much as possible.
  • Has the opportunity to both connect and disconnect local communities
  • Those who use the solar panel source, can interact and maintain their relationships, at the project location
  • Those who are not customers will not have this same experience of connecting with each other
  • Negatively affecting local businesses: there are several businesses within Vengara, Jumtha and Holcomb town, which would be impacted by our project operations.
  • Sangria’s shop: sells solar panels for $500, we would significantly decrease the sales of these solar panels in her shop
  • Sangria’s shop: provides a service to charge phones, with a cost $2.50. Our project will hinder the revenue of her shop as we are providing an alternative to phone charging.
  • Distrust between local communities and Project Everest: as we are only in country for 4 months of the year, distrust and uncertainty may begin to effect our customers, as there is not always someone from our team in Amisen.


What indicators will we use to tell if we’ve achieved the outcomes?

  • In 18 months time we will hopefully be able to see:
  • Increase in children's education
  • Those who are enrolled
  • Those who actively complete homework
  • People are under less financial stress
  • Improved mood on day to day basis

We will determine the success of these indicators through surveys and discussions with our customers


What tools can we use to measure the indicators?

  • Feedback forms: we will provide each community member with a feedback form when they purchase, they will send this to us via whatsapp, every 2 weeks
  • This will allow for us to determine different variables including:
  • Favourite features: which in particular they are enjoying in regards to the solution we provide
  • Referrals: who they are possibly referring our product to
  • Changes: anything they would like to change
  • Difficulties: things they find are not working or hard to operate
  • Community meetings: we will be able to determine the success of the project through discussion and engagement at these meetings
  • Determine any pain points with product
  • Determine any major success points with product
  • Continue to build rapport
  • Grasp further understanding in regards to education, financial situation etc. through asking further questions
  • Visiting Village chiefs to conduct impact assessments with them: to determine how much reach and satisfaction there has been with the communal solar panel system.
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