Free The Slaves works with partner organizations across the world to provide services that help improve the socio-economic status (SES) of the survivors of modern-day slavery and at-risk community members. Their services include health services, housing, income generating activities, psychosocial services, civil protection, criminal legal protection, and education.

The Capstone team was tasked to develop an M&E tool for FTS to capture a household’s socioeconomic status in its target communities. By combining this tool with FTS’ portfolio of M&E tools, FTS would have the capability to evaluate their impact longitudinally with respect to socio-economic services provision to households. The client originally required a tool that could potentially be used universally in all their countries of operation. The team concluded that to truly capture the SES, the tool would have to be localised and contextualised.

The team developed a methodology to build an SES tool, that was piloted in Haiti. Based on extensive literature review, the team developed a comprehensive framework containing SMART indicators for different categories of socioeconomic status as well as the SES tool for Haiti. In their methodology, they included an additional step of conducting in-depth interviews in the field to further validate the assumptions with which the M&E tool is created. The evaluation framework is central to the project because it will allow the tool to be adapted to different country contexts. From March 10th to 17th of 2018, the team conducted in-depth interviews (IDI) in the communities of Matenwa and Nan Cafe on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Beneficiaries of the PAMM Program (Program to End Human Misery) were surveyed to test and improve the framework structure developed by our team.