Monitoring & Evaluation

KTF understands that people live in poverty due to complex and multidimensional factors including a lack of access to assets (including physical assets such as shelter, water and sanitation), human rights (such as access to health and education services) and social support (including solidarity in a community and women’s safety and empowerment). In response KTF delivers programs in Education, Health, Livelihoods and Leadership. Our Effectiveness Framework provides the means to track and sum up the results of KTF’s aid and development programs – by counting tangible outputs, measuring longer term changes over time, and assessing KTF’s contribution to those changes.

Below is a series of project impact assessments that provide more information about the impact of our aid and development activities in PNG.

Independent Evaluation Report: Teach for Tomorrow

This independent evaluation was commissioned by the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) to provide an interim report on the outcomes of Teach for Tomorrow, a teacher training initiative that trained 3,685 elementary teachers in 14 provinces across remote and rural PNG.

The report evaluates the impact of Teach for Tomorrow on teachers, as well impacts observed by other key stakeholder groups, including trainers, provincial education staff, and representatives of the PNG Education Institute, who partnered with KTF on the delivery of TFT.


Independent Research Report: Informal Training Initiative

This research report was commissioned by the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) to determine the effectiveness and impact of an informal elementary teacher training program that was designed and delivered to teacher trainees from across the Oro and Central Provinces of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The research followed a cohort of teachers who had previously participated in the KTF teacher training program and draws out the reflections from the teachers and communities across the Kokoda catchment region.


Kokoda College: A Formative Evaluation

Via a suite of education, health and livelihoods projects delivered at KTF’s Kokoda College campus, we have endeavoured to improve a range of learning outcomes for teachers and health workers, prepare a cohort of students for careers in teaching and health work, improve health and education outcomes for communities surrounding the College and communities impacted by teachers and health workers, and develop pre- and in-service training programs that can be taken to scale across Papua New Guinea.

This formative evaluation explores the impact of the activities delivered at the College during its first two years of operations.


SolarBuddy: Impact Assessment

Energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy services; it especially affects people in developing countries whose wellbeing is negatively affected by very low consumption of energy, use of dirty or polluting fuels, and excessive time spent collecting fuel to meet basic needs.

KTF has partnered with Australian charity, SolarBuddy, to reduce energy poverty in PNG. During the partnership’s first 18 months, almost 14,000 solar lights were distributed to children living in energy poverty.

This preliminary Impact Assessment investigates the impact these lights have had on study time, feelings of security, and expenditure on kerosene.


Archer Leaders: Evaluation

Since 2011, 50 final year tertiary students from 21 of PNG’s 22 Provinces have participated in the Archer Leaders Development (ALD) Program. The current evaluation invited the 2011 – 2017 cohorts to participate in the evaluation.

A mixed-method evaluation was utilized to measure four levels of impact: Reaction and Satisfaction, Learning, Application and Implication, and Results or Impact.

The Archer Leadership Development Program has been successful in meeting a range of short and long term outputs and outcomes over the past 8 years that contribute to its ultimate aim of finding and fostering a new generation of PNG leaders.


Effectiveness Framework

The purpose of an effectiveness framework is to bring about better outcomes for people living in poverty, through better projects, programs and development approaches (Australian Council for International Development). An effectiveness framework is a way to articulate ‘why’ and ‘how’ NGOs know their operations are impacting on poverty and social change.

This document seeks to outline Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF)’s effectiveness framework in order to advance the organisation’s overarching purpose. The Framework will provide the means to track and sum up the results of KTF’s aid and development programs – by counting tangible outputs, measuring longer term changes over time, and assessing KTF’s contribution to those changes.


Effectiveness Results - 2018

Click on the image to download a copy of KTF’s Effectiveness Results from 2018. These results outline some of KTF’s achievements from 2018.


Village Connect Interim Evaluation - 2019

In 2017, KTF commenced its Village Connect project which aims to connect 2,000 households across the Kokoda Track catchment region to sustainable solar solutions by 2020. The project aims to connect remote villages to improved solar lighting and energy solutions, providing a cost effective and environmentally friendly source of lighting and energy. This interim evaluation report was commissioned by KTF to measure the impact to date of the Village Connect project on a range of outcomes for recipients including time spent on homework, family income, and use of kerosene.