In January 2020, EY London hosted an inauguration of the London School of Economics’ (LSE) case study on Yuva's impact on the grassroots. The most rewarding statistic is that we are improving learning outcomes in Math, Science and all subjects by 4 times more and attendance by 15% in the schools that we interview http://yuvaunstoppableforeducation.com/ This case study examines an intervention by Yuva Unstoppable (YU), an NGO in India. YU has worked in Indian schools since 2006, previously focusing on programmes that enhanced hygiene and sanitation (WASH), as well as mentoring of students, and recently implemented a Technology-based Education (or EdTech) initiative called the Smart Classroom programme, which is aimed at upgrading schools with state-of-the-art learning technology. The Smart Classroom programme presents a unique and successful case of intervention by an NGO in the Indian education sector. We analyse the context in which it is deployed, study its outcomes and offer insights into the factors that have facilitated its success. The case study methodology allows us to use offer both quantitative and qualitative insights, with an interdisciplinary focus. The use of the digital medium allows us to present information in a more in-depth format, with Yuva’s operational documents, Impact assessment reports and Video interviews with members and teachers being made available to all. We hope this case study will serve as a rich resource for students, practitioners and researchers working on development, education and India.
Monitoring & Evaluation
YU has been keenly focused on ensuring transparency and accountability. This allows the organisation to have greater credibility amongst the donors. The creation of a reputation of trust and reliability has been key to the process of nurturing YU’s community. A pre and post survey has been incorporated into YU’s process. For each of the projects, the operational team collects data on attendance and test scores for students, and survey data from students, teachers and school administration. Data is collected through interviews as well as observation-based methods. This enables YU to measure the impact of its project in an unambiguous and concrete manner. This data has been used to carry out an evaluation of their impact in partnership with faculty from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. At the organisational level, in order to carry out a professional third-party check, YU partners with several large firms. The annual audit for the organisation finances and tax is done by KPMG, and Deloitte partners with YU to carry out process review and is currently engaged in internal audit of YU. In this section, we list some of the monitoring and evaluation processes put into place in the smart classroom and the WASH programmes.