| Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995) |
|Section 2 BCT - its organisation and functioning|
There was no systematic effort in the earlier years to collect data to establish benchmark and work out definite indicators of performance or effectiveness. BCT is now trying to establish a computerised data base by obtaining information through a comprehensive survey of all the families in the villages with which it is working. With its own research wing established, a systematic effort to monitor and evaluate all its programmes is now being built into the activities of BCT.
Much of the past activity and its results can, however, be grasped from reading through the volumes of BCT News, a weekly publication of BCT, in Telugu and English, since 1978. Ms Ursula Walker, an American journalist, was the indomitable spirit behind its launching then and also was its first editor. The Telugu version called Grama Vikasa Vani is supplied to villagers at a reasonable and affordable cost.
Accumulation of thrift, regular repayment of amounts borrowed, use of credit for productive and income enhancing activities, additions to investments in productive resources and freedom from dependence on money lenders for credit and marketing are set as performance indicators and periodical review is undertaken. Annual performance evaluation is also based on the above indicators to some extent, apart from performance related to other activities.