Impact and Effects
Our program vitally contributes to the effort to increase civic interest and foster societal reconciliation within Bosnia & Herzegovina . Ultimately, such an effort is necessary to prevent politically orchestrated violence from (re)occurring. Since started our program in October 2005, we recognize that time is needed to demonstrate the impact of our projects and how they intercede with the work of others.
To maximize our efficacy and impact, we are currently launching a project to develop a new evaluation method combining external analyses with internal assessments. We intend to measure the impact of:
- our lectures and media appearances on the wider public
- our in-depth lectures, educational field trips, or seminars on the personal development, emotional reconciliation, and networking of the students
- the www.imampetlju.net website in creating a sustainable movement of conscientious citizens in Bosnia & Herzegovina and beyond
- documentary films about examples of civil courage
In 2012, we conducted survey evaluation with 167 university students from Croatia and Serbia, who had participated in the educational learning field trip to attend the Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage ceremony held in Sarajevo on April 6, 2012. The evaluation documented the learning outcome of these students; how Gariwo-led educational field trip influenced them in understanding the importance of civil courage in everyday situations.
A. Ceremony Learning Survey Result:
Students were asked to rate their understanding of the subject on civil courage prior and after attending the ceremony, on a scale of 1(very good) to 4(poor). A low score indicated a very good understanding, while a high score indicate poor understanding.
- The average mean score rating of their understanding of civil courage before attending the ceremony is 2.23 (N=165), std. deviation of .80
- The average mean score rating of their understanding of civil courage after attending the ceremony is 1.41 (N=165), std. deviation of .54
This indicated that most students have a fairly good understanding of the topic on civil courage before the ceremony, and gained an increased in understanding of the topic after attending the ceremony.
** The standard of deviation is a measure of how spread out the data are away from the average mean score. The smaller the number of standard deviation, the score is less spread out from the mean, which indicate a more consistent data. Whereas, a large number of standard deviation means the score are spread out over a larger range of values, away from the average mean score.
As a result of attending the ceremony, the most valuable things students have learned.