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Back in 2010, after completing their post graduate degrees in Development Studies and International Relations, Sharon and Payal talked extensively about the importance of strategic program design, implementation and evaluation. These conversations led them to co-found The 4th Wheel, a research and development consultancy firm, with a mission to ‘strengthen social programs’.
While Sharon can be characterized by her love for development research, Payal is known for her dedication to build strong collaborations for social impact. They believe that through social impact consulting and effective social impact management, they can elevate the long-term sustainable change created by social investments. Their passion for community-based initiatives and understanding of the socio-cultural underpinnings of socio-economic development in India, have played a guiding role in their work.
We provide strategic advisory services on social impact management, communication for development and capacity building.
Needs assessment studies aligned to Sustainable Development Goals
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) frameworks for programs
Informative and engaging Communication for Development (Com4Dev)
Capacity building workshops, dialogues and discussions on social impact
We focus on practical, culturally relevant and ongoing evaluation strategies that involve all program stakeholders and not just evaluation experts. We incorporate impact evaluation into program design by developing contextual Theory of Change (ToC) frameworks. Corresponding to ToCs, indicator grids are designed which facilitates Results-based Management.
We make communication and documentation an inherent part of programs. We attach significant importance to meaningful participation of communities in developing unique social stories. We help transform reports into visually engaging content, to share stories, garner support and improve the likelihood of engagement and comprehension.
We positively influence program implementation and impact by honing and building skills of program personnel. Training programs aid personnel in implementing social projects, conceptualizing program design, developing outreach and marketing plans, forming partnerships, engaging employees based on core competencies, and assessing their organisational impact.