CASE STUDY: GOLD PE – Well-defined indicators

GOLD Peer Education ensuring reliable indicators

GOLD Peer Education (GPE) implement youth leadership and peer education programmes to improve the lives of young South Africans. The organisation explicitly sets out defined output and outcome indicators to measure the effectiveness of their programmes. Other organisations often specify these indicators in a log framework; this does not really provide the required detail for us to interpret the data they collect.

GPE describe one of their output indicators as 'the total number of one hour sessions delivered to peer educators on a camp or during a training workshop'. By setting this out explicitly, they have provided important information:

  • How is the output quantified? (the total number of one hour sessions)
  • What does the output consist of? (camp or training workshop)
  • Who implements the output? (delivered by peer educators)

This information has provided the detail needed to ensure the indicator is reliable. It gives the same result when used by different people. It also assists with interpreting data, helping to prevent false or confused conclusions. This is particularly relevant when measuring broad or ill-defined outcomes such as happiness or trust.

Gold PE Output Indicator Descriptions