Bobbymon heads Assessments in Sattva and is based in our Bangalore office.
He has delivered evaluation assignments across sectors and with key CSR accounts such as ABG, JPMorgan, ACC, Philips, L&T Infotech, L&T Financial Services, Dell and Fidelity. He comes with over 13 years of experience in the development sector, across programme design, implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation. He has led Programme Delivery, Curriculum Development, setting up Monitoring & Evaluation frame works and tools in non-profits.
He is also a master facilitator/trainer in Life Skills.
Atul is with the Consulting Services (Implementation) team, heading project teams and working with key clients in the Delhi region.
He has over eight years of experience in the social sector, working across the spectrum – as a Gandhi Fellow for Kaivalya Education Foundation in Rajasthan, as a recruiter for the Fellowship in South India, a Project Manager at Piramal Foundation, leading a cohort of 1000 beneficiaries for a livelihood program in Uttarakhand, and as a part of the Uttarakhand District Disaster Management Team to build a Livelihood Action Plan for the district. At Sattva he has led multiple projects working on CSR strategy formulation, organisational development, mobilisation, programme management, implementation of a livelihood programme, social audits, partner due diligence and assessments.
Atul has a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Delhi.
Sonam is currently part of the Consulting Services team at Sattva.
Her experience in the development sector has spanned a wide range of themes such as Maternal Healthcare, Adolescent girls’ Hygiene & Sanitation, Malnutrition in Children, Farm based livelihood project for SHG women, assessments, social audits and sustainable livelihoods. She is passionate about optimal use of natural resources, and about waste management and water saving methods.
Sonam is a graduate from Delhi University and has a Post Graduation in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand.
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of a Mumbai-based bank wanted to understand the impact of its programme aimed at improving livelihoods of Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking, implemented with an on-ground NGO partner across five states. We conducted a detailed assessment of the impact of the project.
SATTVA’S ASSESSMENT APPROACH
We studied 400 women from three of the five states using a hybrid methodology combining qualitative and quantitative data. These women, who had been part of the programme before September 2015, were interviewed through focus group discussions along with multiple stakeholders – implementation partner, local NGOs and anganwadi workers. The discussion was a means to gauge improvement in livelihood patterns, changes in income levels, overall empowerment in taking household decisions for those who chose to opt out of this trade, and more importantly reduction in social exclusion. These parameters formed the qualitative side. Quantitative data, on factors like increase in household income, improvements in family’s standard of living, and education opportunities for their children because of higher income, was collected through a survey.
Working and studying a sensitive community brought out valuable insights for us as well as the ecosystem at large. This programme successfully demonstrated self-employment is a sustainable model for livelihood for this group of women, and one that can be institutionalised. Our hybrid methodology, that blended quantitative and qualitative data, proved to be innovative as well as a disciplined and systematic approach leading to desired results within designated time-frame. Also, liaising with an external expert, who came with in-depth understanding of this community, helped us communicate effectively in order to gather valuable information. Collaborating with the NGO provided balance in field dynamics, as they gave us necessary inputs and direction on broaching sensitive questions. This, we believe, was a crucial aspect of the assessment. As a result, the CSR arm was able to assess the programme’s impact well, and the programme proved to be feasible for this community.
● Studied a sample set of 400 women in three states
● States covered: Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow), Andhra Pradesh (Vizag) and Maharashtra (Pune)
● Duration: 2.5 months
● Age group: 20-50 years
● Adopted a scientific research methodology blending qualitative and quantitative data
● Assessed a complex socio-economic and cultural setting
“Adopting a hybrid methodology was an extremely disciplined and systematic approach leading to desired results within the time-frame earmarked for this assessment.”
A Mumbai-based manufacturer of cement and ready mixed concrete was looking to strengthen and measure its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes implemented across 14 plants present in 11 states. We conducted a social audit to give each plant a performance score on the basis of its nine CSR projects executed across villages in the vicinity.
As third-party assessors, our mandate was to measure performance of the company’s CSR programmes implemented at its plants across seven parameters and steer them forward. We created a comprehensive rating framework and scoring metric to give each plant a weightage score on 100, applicable across the company’s manufacturing units. This framework helped the company assess headway made by its CSR team in conjunction with project plans set out at the beginning of 2017 and take decisions on certain projects in plant locations as well.
Through this engagement undertaken in collaboration with the company, we developed a comprehensive framework for evaluation that can be extended to CSR programmes by other manufacturing companies. It was interesting to note that results of the audit directly impacted the company’s business. It was able to promote, reward, remunerate plant heads and managers based on overall score each manufacturing unit got. Additionally, it helped the company plan and budget the next year’s CSR initiatives better. In parallel, we were able to test and demonstrate our ability to execute and complete a large-scale project in a short span of 30 days.
● 14 plants audited in one month
● 11 states covered: Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra
● Projects covered in diverse areas of sanitation, health, livelihood, education, and general community development
● 30 non-profit organisations were engaged in this audit