Impact Assessment

FIBA Foundation

The Client

Our client for this sport for development project was the FIBA Foundation.

The FIBA Foundation is the social impact area of FIBA that focuses on two main pillars of work; Basketball for Good, and Cultural Heritage. As part of Basketball for Good, the FIBA Foundation delivers and provides support to projects globally across three key program areas (Youth Leadership, Mini Basketball and Community Impact), to promote the use of the sport as a tool to achieve wider global social development goals.

The Challenge

Across the different program areas of the FIBA Foundation, there were no consistent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes in place, with data collection taking place on an ad hoc basis.  An existing Theory of Change was available for some programs; however they were outdated and did not represent the existing delivery. An overall impact assessment was needed to review, update and streamline M&E processes.

The Solution

A key starting point for this project was to review the existing Theories of Change (ToC) and data collection tools across the four programs, to ensure that where possible, mechanisms could be repurposed rather than dismissing any previous work in this area. An overall ToC as well as program-level ToCs were then developed. They were then validated through a workshop involving the FIBA Foundation team and key wider stakeholders.

Alongside the FIBA Foundation team, we then refined the data that needed to be collected by refining and developing relevant indicators, using pre-existing indicators where possible.

The Approach

Throughout the project, our team utilised an intentionally collaborative approach. Our primary goal was to upskill and increase the FIBA Foundation team’s capacity to conduct (and report on) their own data collection. To ensure the FIBA Foundation team were part of the process at every stage, the inFocus project manager communicated with the lead both online and in-person. This allowed for strong rapport and ensured decisions were made by the individuals who would be implementing the new M&E processes. Other members of the FIBA Foundation team and wider stakeholders were also involved at various stages across the project. This was facilitated through activities such as an online training session with the Youth Leaders in the Seychelles and an M&E Toolkit Feedback session to promote participation and inclusion.

This ultimately fostered strong internal ownership for the process and the deliverables that resulted from the project. The goal of this work was to equip and empower the FIBA Foundation team to quickly and effectively be able to take their own M&E process forward.

The Deliverables

The final deliverables included an overall FIBA Foundation ToC, including diagram and narrative, and program-level ToCs. A M&E toolkit was also developed which included all of the resources and tools the FIBA Foundation team would need to gather relevant data, including data collection tools and information on how to communicate learnings. The toolkit was designed to be used by the internal FIBA Foundation team, with the view that other program-level stakeholders may utilise elements of the document in the near future.

Client Feedback

inFocus has worked with the FIBA Foundation team across multiple impact measurement projects to date, including an impact evaluation of their Community Impact program in the Seychelles. Our teams have built a strong, positive relationship that allows us to take a ‘critical friend’ approach to support the FIBA Foundation in their M&E processes and shared learning.

Want to see more?

We have more examples of our impact assessment work, as well as other types of past projects, in our Case Studies section.