At One Acre Fund, we often say that impact is our North Star. We provide remote smallholder families – the largest group of poor people on the planet – with the tools and training they need to improve their livelihoods and escape cyclical poverty and hunger. We also leverage our key strengths in rural distribution to scale-out an increasingly wide range of ‘add-on’ products that can generate additional and holistic impact for the families we serve. As of 2016, we extend our core program to more than 400,000 farm families per year across six countries.
One Acre Fund’s commitment to impact has always been bolstered by a strong focus on measurement. We firmly believe that program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) can and should be used to both prove and improve our organization’s impact. As a nonprofit, One Acre Fund recognizes that we have a responsibility to prove that we deploy donor resources toward high-impact, cost-effective interventions. Yet we are particularly passionate about using measurement to guide our work, improve our program delivery, and innovate our product and service offerings. As we have grown and matured, these twin aims have led to continuous enhancements in the rigor and scope of our M&E.
The purpose of this Comprehensive Impact Report is to take stock of One Acre Fund’s M&E as we complete our first decade of operation, highlighting lessons learned, methods we have refined, and areas for further improvement.