“Nothing gets transformed in your life until your mind is transformed.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Understanding comes first, implementation comes later. With this framework in mind Fourth Dimension brings to the table competent analysis and action plans (both within community and organizational) that helps to stay relevant and grow in expansive ways.
Whether for the client itself or to reach out to their intended audience, we help design toolkits, conduct modules, orient and train personnel to equip them with strategy to connect the relevant dots We study the needs and problems, pinpoint potentials for scaling-up, organize resources and manpower, conduct social audits, and deep-dive into how you can implement management and feasibility plans.
The most important element in a training situation is the trainer. Basic elements necessary for a good training is effective preparation, implementation and evaluation of the training. To achieve that objective, customized training modules are developed with an intention to provide guidance to trainers in the skills of conveying their message successfully and transferring related information. The trainer who is enthusiastic, energetic and genuinely interested in both the subject and getting his or her message across will evoke the greatest response from the trainees. Therefore, ToT is high-level professional learning process for trainers who will be providing training and capacity-building assistance for evidence-based program.
Counseling is the exchange of opinions or and advice. A consultation process to help people come to terms with many problems they are facing, with an ultimate aim of supporting them. Advocacy is about taking action to create the change or to take necessary steps to tackle an issue. Advocacy helps people ways to speak out about things that may negatively affect them. Advocacy has been described as "speaking truth to power".
Community owned monitoring tools is about tracking, recording and reporting the state of public services as experienced by community themselves. In each monitoring cycle, the information is collected about the outreach services and the services through group consultations. This is done by involving community members with emphasis on participation of women and other marginalised groups. Community responses are recorded in a form of rating each service as good, partly satisfactory, or bad. Information collected through this process is presented in a concise form as a ‘pictorial report card’ clearly reflecting availability, regularity, and quality of health services. Community Action Plan develops the capacity of the communities to take appropriate action for their own development. It is the framework for the implementation of actions decided by the communities. The community itself prepares the Community Action Plan.
Social audit is a process and not an event which is based on the principle that democratic local governance should have their consent and understanding of their issues. It is a way of measuring, understanding, reporting and ultimately improving service providers social and ethical performance to narrow gaps between vision/goal and reality, between efficiency and effectiveness. It values the voice of stakeholders, including marginalized/poor groups whose voices are rarely heard. Social auditing is taken up for the purpose of enhancing local governance, particularly for strengthening accountability and transparency in local bodies. The key difference between development and social audit is that a social audit focuses on the neglected issue of social impacts, while a development audit has a broader focus including environment and economic issues, such as the efficiency of a project or programme.
Social Impact Assessment is processes of analyzing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences. It may be both positive and negative of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and the social change invoked by those interventions. Its primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment. It promotes community development and empowerment, builds capacity and develops social capital (social networks and trust). SIA builds on local knowledge and utilizes participatory processes to analyze the concerns of interested and affected parties. It involves all stakeholders in the assessment of social impacts, the analysis of alternatives, and monitoring of the planned intervention. While SIA is typically applied to planned interventions, the techniques of SIA can also be used to consider the social impacts that derive from other types of events, such as social impact due to land being acquired for large scale projects, loss of natural resources due to natural disasters, any demographic change, impact due to epidemics etc.