Actual Number of Beneficiaries of In-Kind Assistance
INDICATOR PHRASING: number of people directly supported through in-kind programming
What is its purpose?
The indicator measures the number of people who were actually supported by the project’s in-kind programming intended for meeting their basic needs (i.e. not the planned number of beneficiaries). This indicator shows the scale of the provided assistance. It is mandatory for all projects providing in-kind assistance.
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Determine the indicator’s value by using the following methodology:
1) Review the following sources to identify the number of people (not households) who were supposed to be supported by the project’s in-kind assistance:
- distribution lists (in the case of physical vouchers)
- any other documents proving the number of people supported with voucher assistance
- documents providing evidence on the average number of people living in the supported households (if households, not individuals are the intended beneficiaries)
2) Verify the number of supported people by results of post-distribution surveys (e.g. on the % of intended beneficiaries who reported receiving the assistance shown by the documents listed above). If required, adjust the number of benefiting people (e.g. if 4% of the respondents say that they did not receive any in-kind support, the number of people identified in step 1 should also be reduced by 4%).
3) The indicator’s value includes all the people who were supported with the project’s in-kind assistance to meet their basic needs (i.e. do not automatically use the originally planned number of direct beneficiaries – use the actual number of people that were supported). If support was provided to households, count the number of people living in the household, not the number of households.
Disaggregate the data by gender.
1) In addition to this indicator, always also use the following indicator: number of people directly supported through cash / voucher / in-kind programming (see guidance). It might appear similar to this indicator; however, it enables Tearfund and its partners to count the number of people who benefited from any of the three main emergency modalities (cash / vouchers / in-kind) without the risk of counting the same people twice.
For example, imagine that 1,000 people are supported with in-kind assistance and 500 of these people also receive cash. If you do not use the indicator above and only report on 1) the number of people who received in-kind assistance and 2) the number of people who received cash, it might incorrectly appear as if 1,500 people were supported. That is why it is very important to always use both types of indicators.