step 1: where do we want to be
where are we now
how will we get there
are we making progress
we learn and share

Are we making progress?

Once a community has decided on its action plan, it can find out if it is moving towards its goal. The primary function of measurement is to benefit and to motivate those who are doing the measurement, the community members themselves.


The purpose of measuring change is
- to check our actions to see that we are moving towards our target and celebrate!
- to keep what worked well in the Action Plan and to improve what did not work so well.

What happens?

The community asks itself two questions:

- How will we know that we made progress?
- How will others know that we made progress?

After a self-selected period of time, the community will assess its progress by repeating the Self Assessment. They can then compare its level of competence over time and verify its progress with the indicators. 

It is very important to be able to show others what community members have done and what they have achieved. When people document what they have done, how they have done it and what they have achieved others can be inspired and can learn from them. More about Learning and Sharing

Health center in Ta Tum (Thailand) repeats its self-assessment 

Ms Charkaporn Pandontong"We have done the Self Assessment several times. Each time we did the current level and the target for the future. 

So what we did was to take the results of last time and looked at what the targets were for last year and we looked at whether we had met those targets.

Our concern was about the practices that did not make the target. And here we talked about what happened, why did we did not meet the target that we had set last year and how we could improve themselves more in that regard."
Ms. Charkaporn Pandontong, Ta Tum Sub-district, Pa Sang District, Lamphun, Thailand

Tools and downloads

Download the self-measurement of progress framework 

More about the Community Life Competence Process in the Blended Learning course