Case Study: Social Innovation

Homeland Ghana Educational Foundation

 

always possible worked with Homeland Ghana Educational Foundation on strategy, clarity of vision and a Theory of Change.

Context

Homeland Ghana Education Foundation (HGEF) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the educational prospects of Ghanaian children.

By providing essential training and resources, Homeland Ghana aims to ensure that children, especially girls, can achieve success in their basic education.

Image: Homeland Ghana Educational Foundation

A significant part of their mission includes addressing barriers such as menstruation, which can hinder school attendance and performance. The Foundation supplies sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene education to empower young girls to attend school confidently and with dignity.

Challenge

 

Such brilliant work is always challenging with finite resources. Homeland Ghana wanted to ensure that they could continue to scale their impact with sustainable growth.

The organisation’s day-to-day operations were effective, but they needed a refreshed strategy to articulate their vision and ensure consistent progress.

Key priorities included:

  • Scaling their operations beyond the initial 1,000 engagements to include more schools and communities.
  • Addressing socio-cultural barriers such as early marriage, menstrual stigma, and lack of awareness about children’s rights, which affected school attendance and learning outcomes.
  • Overcoming infrastructural limitations such as poor internet access, low teacher-to-student ratios, and inadequate school facilities.

Intervention

always possible collaborated with Homeland Ghana to develop a comprehensive Theory of Change, serving as a part of a strategic roadmap to guide their mission over the next 12-18 months.

Support included:

  • Theory of Change workshop: Engaging key stakeholders in a workshop to co-create a clear change goal and understanding of how to measure it.
  • Vision and values review: Assessing and refining the organisation’s vision and values to align with their goals.
  • Strategic planning: Developing a detailed plan to address the challenges, including new programmes on teenage pregnancy, early marriage and boys’ mental health.
  • Impact measurement tools: Creating qualitative and quantitative data collection tools to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions.

The always possible team helped to build a full Theory of Change document, a visual summary for staff and stakeholders, and an impact measurement plan with which to track progress and outcomes.

Outcome

The collaboration between always possible and HGEF resulted in a number of positive outcomes:

 

  • Enhanced strategic clarity: The Theory of Change provided a clear, articulated direction for the organisation, ensuring all stakeholders were aligned with the mission and goals.
  • Increased engagement and support: The refined strategy helped in fostering deeper relationships with donors and stakeholders, leading to increased funding and support.
  • Improved programme implementation: The introduction of new programmes and the enhancement of existing ones led to a more comprehensive approach to addressing educational barriers.
  • Effective impact measurement: The new data collection tools are enabling HGEF to measure their impact more effectively, demonstrating rises in attendance, attainment, and children’s overall well-being.
  • Stronger organisational capacity: It will now be easier to measure the impact of operational communications and a more stable team, positioning Homeland Ghana for sustainable growth and wider reach.

Rhoda Agilinko, founder of Homeland Ghana Educational Foundation, said, “We’re using the Theory of Change as a roadmap. We have been reviewing our vision and values, and now we have our goal and have already been using it to update a lot of stuff internally. It has been helping us to think about the different people we need to bring onboard to the organisation.

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