Measuring impact

Measuring the impact of our programmes is very important to us and we have developed a number of ways to do this:

Social Impact Assessment Questionnaire

We have developed this questionnaire using the internationally recognised Progress out of Poverty Index. It asks key socio-economic questions of the household that are relevant in rural India. A weighted score is obtained from the answer to each question. A total score of 45 or less indicates that the household is living in poverty (defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 USD per day).  These are the families we aim to start working with on our Poultry Development Services programme.  The SIA is repeated after one year on the programme to measure change in household circumstances.

Baseline Questionnaire

We introduced a new Baseline Questionnaire in 2016 and used it to conduct in-depth interviews with poultry farmer households. A sample of 715 households (out of a portfolio of 9,000) took part in the survey which looked in detail at a range of factors including: household profile; assets; occupation and income; savings, loans and debt; food consumption and expenditure; extent of women’s decision-making.

Farmer Impact Stories

Impact stories are collected during visits to individual farmer households. The questionnaire is designed to provide candid feedback from the farmers about how they view our programmes and the benefits they have experienced.

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I was impressed not only by the professionalism of the local team and the profound impact that the poultry toolkits appear to make, but also by the meticulousness with which the programme’s effectiveness is being measured.

Peter Saacke, CIO, Artemis Investment Management LLP

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Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

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