“MEVA” is an expert-research undertaking initiated in 2005. The primary purpose is to carry out regular analytic research in order to maximize the effectiveness of PAFF programs. The methods developed under “MEVA” and the results of its analyses are also used by other NGOs to pursue their activities.
The analytical work aids in determining the extent to which the goals predefined in PAFF programs and activities, as well as achieved results, meet the existing needs and are capable of resolving the problems addressed, especially with regard to local communities, equal education opportunities and overall education quality improvement.
Evaluation research of PAFF programs, such as "Act Locally,” "Third Age Universities," or PAFF and UW School of Education, helps the Foundation both determine future program initiatives and modify the existing ones. One of the tasks of "MEVA” is to monitor completed PAFF projects in terms of the durability of their outcomes.
PAFF’s potential actions are evaluated in the context of existing and expected social needs. To that end selected social groups and communities are studied – for example village youth, librarians, or NGO employees – and new initiatives are tested. An example is the study on key trends influencing social activities in villages and small towns and their impact on the role of a local leader, carried out in 2019 under the “PAFF Leaders” program. Another example is the analysis of the Library Development Program’s impact on its participants, which compared program libraries with the libraries and communities that did not participate in the program.
In 2022, some analyses and evaluations (including "Act Locally" and the Library Development Program) have been aimed at identifying the problems faced by organizations due to the influx of refugees from Ukraine, so as to adjust their actions. Much like in previous years, MEVA analyses and studies provided the basis for modifying programs and adjusting them to the changing conditions – just like during the pandemic. An analysis was also carried out to assess the possibilities for PAFF and cooperating institutions to join local community educational and animation activities aimed at protecting the environment and climate. These led to the creation of the “Green Leader” program.
As part of the “MEVA” program, mutually complementing and strengthening elements of PAFF programs are analyzed in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of the Foundation’s activities overall. Among the projects serving that goal is the “Squared Evaluation” initiative helping foster evaluation culture among the organizations closely cooperating with PAFF, part of which the “Evaluation – How do You Carry It out?” guide was prepared. Cyclical seminars about evaluation research are also being held. Special among these is the “Impact on Social Capital in PAFF Communities” project (the so-called "BOX”) that helped create and test a set of methods and research techniques enabling the determination of changes in the level of social capital resulting from the impact of Foundation programs on local communities.
Through "MEVA," PAFF supports the "Shipyard" Foundation (which it co-founded). At the same time, the "Shipyard" Foundation is the manager of a significant part of the “MEVA” program itself.
The Foundation has disbursed $2,746,838, including $69,340 for the current edition.