Strengthening Programs: HOLD-DRC improves field survey methods with University of Wisconsin.

International standards of evaluation, accounting and reporting are essential to communicate their results and build credibility. Quantifying results that are well verified and meaningful are key to quality improvement: recognizing what is useful, what is not working, and what lessons are being learned from their work.

Careful observation essential for determining need. Assessing vulnerability contexts for the people in a community is subtle, and requires an insider's knowledge as well as and outsider's eye. HOLD-DRC and researchers at University of Wisconsin are developing a community-based participatory research program where they are both object of the study and informed by it. This helps them improve the quality of their programs while they uncover information they need to design effective programs for the future.