ImpactReady has been supporting Social Intelligence Reporting in Kenya since 2011. This innovative tool to support Social Budgeting (the allocation of public spending to achieve progress in social as well as economic indicators) is being piloted at scale by the Ministry of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 with the support of UNICEF.
Social Intelligence Reporting (SIR) has three key features which mark it out from other approaches to M&E:
- SIR looks at the whole situation in a community, not just a particular project. So, it starts with the local school and builds up a picture about the provision of education. Then it looks at the local health centres, and then the local water points. This means that the whole social context is considered when prioritising effort and resources.
- SIR is action-orientated. It transforms local government officers into facilitators who help to bring about resolutions to problems where they find them. SIR assessments result in immediate actions and community-led action plans. Only issues that need the intervention of higher authorities get elevated.
- SIR is not about allocating blame or auditing. It does not look at what is missing from proposed projects, but rather what is there and what needs to be done. Because SIR is not project specific, it is able to ensure that the resources from many different actors complement each other and work together.
ImpactReady has provided support with synthesising the large amount of qualitative data and experience that is emerging from the SIR pilot, and conducting analysis on the quantitative data. This has resulted in four publications that are being issued by the Kenyan Ministry of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030.