Antarang Foundation

Impact evaluation of Antarang Foundation’s Career Aware program


Partner/Client
Antarang Foundation

Sector
NGO

Location
Maharashtra

Key Highlights

  • Program reaches out to 18 to 25 year old underprivileged youths in colleges and communities and teaches them core employability skills that are expected of them in a structured workplace.
  • Retrospective evaluation reached out to about 250 students from different batches from 2015 to 2018 and for periodic evaluation- baseline, midline and end line evaluation research has been designed to reach out to 302 students from the 2019-20 batches.
  • The program served as a good upskilling initiative and as a stepping stone for youth from vulnerable communities to get a good head start to their careers, with their associations with good companies, brands and networks.

Impact evaluation of Antarang Foundation’s CareerAware program on high school kids

Antarang’s ‘CareerAware’ program is built on the premise that exposure to career options and tools tomake an informed career choice, will enable children to plan careers and stay in education at least until they are 18 years of age. The program is a 2 year career guidance program that engages 9th and 10th standard students into thinking about their career and future. The purpose of the evaluation is to find out if and how the CareerAware program has developed the knowledge, skills, attitudes among young people to have an impact on their higher education attainment and career choices.

Research Tools

01. Structured survey
02. Semi structured interviewss
03. Participatory Tools (Dotmocracy)
04. Career Mapping Log-Frames

Approach

A two- year longitudinal study was designed to determine the impact of the Career Aware program on students. The program’s Theory of Change model was studied, an indicator grid was developed and stakeholders were mapped to determine short, mid and long term outcomes of the intervention over two years. The study adopted a pre-post quasi experimental design in 11 schools and counterfactual impact evaluation for one school involving comparison of students in schools that received the intervention (“the treated group”) with those of students from a school that did not receive the intervention (“the comparison group”). Since the survey respondents were school kids, techniques like ‘dotmocracy’ were used to engage the participating kids in a fun way and gather information regarding the program.