Measuring Your Sucess
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Measuring Your Success
At the end of the year, how will you know if you’ve reduced carbon emissions & by how much?
Follow these simple steps to make sure your projects are effective and contributing towards your Transition Vision:
- Decide what evidence you’ll need to gather to prove your projects have made an impact.
- Work out the baseline – to measure emissions cuts or an increase in recycling find out what things were like before your project - talk to staff & check the Green League data table.
- Collect and record data – do this all the way through the project to save lots of work at the end. Gather evidence to back up any figures you want to use. eg kilos of waste saved.
- Analyse – use the data you’ve collected to draw out useful conclusions and review your projects effectiveness. Don’t overstate figures – it’s better to be accurate.
- Celebrate – let people involved in projects know what they’ve achieved together and feed your results back to People & Planet so we can measure the successes of the wider campaign.
Why is monitoring & evaluation important?
- Your project will be taken more seriously within the university & gain more support.
- If it’s not working, you can change tactics to something more effective.
- It provides continuity and records for future People & Planet members.
- It looks good on your CV (“I helped achieve x, y, z… whilst I was a student”).
- It helps People & Planet measure the national impact of your Going Greener campaigns on the higher education sector.