We help organisations understand and improve their performance through harnessing feedback, especially from the people they serve. We have developed Constituent Voice™ for this purpose.
Working well with others
Manage how you work with others with feedback from partners
Working well together
Addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion in international NGOs
Systematic stress test of how you measure, learn, and improve
Leveraging the power of feedback
Build your light-touch, bespoke feedback system
The recipe for our secret sauce
Organizations can ask the people they intend to benefit what they think about plans, performance, and reports. When organizations respond effectively to what they hear, we call this Constituent Voice.
Constituent Voice is a tool to manage performance rather than a form of evaluation. Still, feedback data is an early indicator of change taking place and can be triangulated with other evidence of performance and results (including objective measures and impact evaluations) to enrich your understanding of what is happening now.
It is often predictive of future outcomes. In developing the Constituent Voice method, Keystone has drawn from tested customer satisfaction techniques, and has adapted them to the context of development where people’s choice is often limited by the monopolistic position of aid agencies and government service providers.
Ask your constituents 2 to 5 questions frequently. This is first a form of engagement. Though the data is reliable.
Separate responses as positive, okay, and negative.
Analyse and compare your feedback with that of similar organisations.
Act on feedback and dialogue with constituents. When you improve, so do your feedback scores.
Where you can gain a deeper understanding of our methods and our work
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