Measurable Progress Indicators

Over the past several years, The Hunger Project has focused on creating rigorous, measurable indicators that are closely tied to our program goals. Our theory of change highlights the causal pathway from inputs and activities to long-term impact. Based on this framework, The Hunger Project has developed indicators that will measure progress along the causal pathway in the communities in which we work.

Theory of Change

We measure three types of indicators: outputs, outcomes, and impact. Outputs are tracked during quarterly monitoring, while outcome and impact indicators are collected every two to four years in our outcome evaluations.

Our logic trees show how our impacts are connected to our goals.

Some examples of what we measure are listed below.*


  • Number of trainees in Vision, Commitment, and Action workshops
  • Number of new or rehabilitated water sources
  • Number of meetings between Elected Women Representatives and government officials
  • Number of campaigns denouncing violence against women


  • The proportion of women serving on community committees
  • The proportion of households using an improved sanitation facility
  • The proportion of school-aged children attending school
  • The proportion of rural households with non-farm businesses


  • The proportion of households below the poverty line
  • The prevalence of households with moderate or severe hunger
  • The proportion of the population aware of their HIV status
  • Percent change in yields per hectare for farming households

Our dynamic web-based data monitoring platform aims to integrate program and financial information to track inputs, activities, outputs, near-term outcomes, and long-term impacts in each of our 11 Program Countries.

*Not all indicators apply to every program country.