How we measure our impact
To make sustainable changes to the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules we must measure the impact our work is having.
To measure how effective our work is, we use an approach called the effectiveness framework (PDF 213KB). This looks at all the aspects of our work and tells us how we're doing. For example, we monitor our service provision, community engagement and advocacy programmes in this way to see the effect they are having on animals either alone or in combination.
We work towards eight outcomes of sustainable change:
- quality healthcare
- use and uptake of healthcare services
- sustainable healthcare services
- behaviour change of owners, users and caregivers
- social change within the wider community
- change in engagement and priority of equine welfare
- change in policy, legislation and practice
- strengthened alliances and support for equine welfare
Impact on the animals we work with
We use proven techniques to collect and analyse data. With animals, this involves examining and recording information from groups of animals using our own welfare assessment tool. We repeat this after a period of time in the same location to see what changes have occurred. We also collect information from owners and communities, service providers and policy makers we work with.
We collect descriptions, photos and stories of success about the animals and people involved, to learn from our experiences in the field.