Upon my return from my study in the US, a researcher (or reviewer) came to see me to have a survey how my study (scholarship) has given impact to my career, like did I get promotion after I return; or did I get more salaries, etc etc. Oh, one more time, they also asked me about something materials related to the ownership of house and vehicles. Why did they ask me those questions? The simplest answer is the program’s Theory of Change (ToC). So, OK.. if we give A a scholarship to study in the US, upon his/her return, she/he will get a promotion, and receive a higher salary. The quantitative measurement is easier compared to qualitative measurement to see a program’s success. Why? Because it’s visible… Because you can see if that person is promoted or if that person receive a higher salary. Things like their influence to their communities are harder to measure, or if we want to measure it, we will find the answer in the longer term.
Similar to developmental projects, many things in life are measured by quantitative measurement, like home and vehicles ownerships, occupation, marital status, etc. Again, something visible. Relatively life is hard to measure something invisible, like how happy you are; and how good you live your life, etc. So, OK, let’s try to measure who’s happier… (1). Someone who gets hundred of millions a month but working like in hell; or (2). Someone who gets minimum wage but has more freedom and has more spirit to come to work each day? Sure, I can’t answer that. It’s pretty relative.. People love to have much money and freedom; but hate to work in a hell environment…. It’s pretty normal; we’re human after all…. 🙂 🙂