Formerly the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound measures success by determining how many persons permanently escape from poverty. The organization evaluates on three levels, nicknamed the Plane, the Plaza, and the Porch.
The Plane refers to global outcomes. Unbound’s assessments take a large-perspective view of its accomplishments in the areas of education (or progress to a life path), community participation, financial stability, and parental empowerment.
Results are encouraging in three of these categories: Of students who have taken part in Unbound programs in 22 localities, 75 percent have equaled or bettered their peers. An assessment of community and empowerment indicated that parents (mostly mothers) of sponsored children were active in achieving social progress; compared to non-sponsored women, those who worked with Unbound were more likely to use family leadership skills.
The Plaza is identified with local outcomes in individual communities with small groups of sponsored children. Families and Unbound staff search for answers to local questions, such as how do families fare now and how could this be improved?
The Porch is connected to individual measures of growth, as expressed in letters to sponsors. Although many children’s writings provide useful evaluative information, others are more reticent. To complete the picture, Unbound uses surveys and other tools to gather information.