How we work
Selecting Project Partners
HOW WE WORK
Here at Nineteen Degrees we work at the heart of the community we operate in. By thorough selection and rigorous monitoring and evaluation procedures, we are confident in delivering successful student placements as well as providing positive community impact.
We listen to our university partners to understand what they are looking for and we build long term partnerships with organisations on the ground in Asia to provide sustainable solutions for them to achieve their goals.
Right from the offset we gather as much information, facts and figures about a proposed project partner and look at external factors such as logistics, community needs and regional development goals. We talk to community leaders, locals and NGOs to ascertain the real issues surrounding the community.
We ensure our project partners tackle real community needs and their links with wider development goals providing sustainable solutions for the community it serves.
Nineteen Degrees work with project partners who:
- Support community and family based care options
- Strive to be sustainable (sociably, environmentally and economically)
- Enrich, motivate and train staff
- Ensure staff engaging with children have been trained to spot the signs of neglect or abuse
- Have the staffing capabilities to provide training and emotional support to volunteers without putting a strain on people or resources
- Are willing to put a long-term agreement in place
Agreements with project partners are a working partnership; work patterns, development goals and exit strategies are continually reviewed to ensure the partnership stays on track.
Monitoring the Project
We believe that communication is key to monitoring projects and measuring results and the success rates of project partnerships and student placements. How communication is managed is agreed at the very start of a working partnership, including which monitoring tools will be used.
We stipulate that project staff working with students are fully supported in their role and given adequate training and time to mentor the group as part of their overall job role. Monitoring increases when students are in situ to ensure contributions made are of benefit to the project partner and students feel they are doing something worthwhile.
In addition to regular reporting, we visit projects regularly to ensure the agreement in place is still achievable. This process includes reviewing financial reports, training files and staff retention reports.
Regular review also includes monitoring community impact to ensure the project partner is continuing to support the needs of the community.
Each placement is carefully evaluated using a variety of tools. Financial records, student feedback, project reviews and community stats are continuously analysed and evaluated to identify success rates.
We require our project partners to provide regular updates on how donations are spent and review a variety of factors to rate the success of the partnership and individual placements. The exact content is tailored to the individual project and might include detail on the number of locals that were seen in clinic or attended class, numbers of patients successfully treated and the outcome of the treatment or numbers of locals who benefit from the installation of a new well.
Regular review helps us to build and manage a continuous support stream, avoid placement repetition and allow each student group to build upon the work of previous student groups.
At the end of a placement, students are asked to provide feedback on their experiences, challenges and lessons learned through anonymous surveys.
By analysing these results, we evaluate to what degree the needs of the project, that of the university’s and students’ have been fulfilled, and what the overall impact is for the local community.
These, we feel, are the perfect ingredients to create successful and responsible short-term mobility programs for students looking to learn in an inspiring environment, do something different and contribute in a sustainable way.