Impact Assessment: Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Therapeutic Interventions

You can’t just say you’re helping people. Saying something and making it happen are two different stories– quite evidently, there is a difference between a fact and a claim. We must prove it. At Antaha, we take measuring the impact of our work seriously. But how do you measure something as invisible as loneliness? It’s tricky, but it’s not impossible.

Assessing our progress is vital as it helps us understand where we stand and if the techniques used are working efficiently to minimize the effect of our ongoing mental constraints. So, how do we at Antaha do it? First, we start by understanding where each person is beginning their journey. We ask them to keep a simple journal. If you are familiar with journaling or journal yourself, then you would be accustomed to how it works and its importance. A journal is a diary in which we jot down our deepest desires, feelings and thoughts, however dark they may be. Our journal is our safe space to express ourselves in words, and the pages around us do not judge us.

This helps us see the world through their eyes and understand their daily experiences. It’s like taking a snapshot of their mind before we begin.

As we move forward with our personalized interventions, we use two essential tools: self-reporting and compassionate observation. We ask our users simple questions about their lives. For example, how many friends did they have when they started? What does a typical day look like for them? Do they work out, watch movies, write, talk to someone, or go for a walk? These questions are an integral part of our work as they help establish rapport with the subject and allow us to gain a deeper and broader understanding of their situation and its origins. Establishing rapport also increases the room for the person to open up and builds trust.

  • Small changes can make a big difference. That’s why we pay close attention to the little things our users share with us. These small details, like walking or calling a friend, tell us a lot about how they’re doing. We use a three-pronged approach to gather information: self-reporting, compassionate buddy analysis, and technology. This is how it works:
  • Self-reporting is simple: we ask our users how they feel and what they’ve been up to.
  • Our compassionate buddies listen carefully to their users and offer support and insights.
  • Finally, we use technology to help us see the bigger picture. We collect general information, not personal details, about things like activities and mood. Think of it like a puzzle. Each piece of information, on its own, might tell us little. But when we combine all the pieces, we see the complete picture of a person’s progress.

We understand that sharing personal information can be tricky. We’ve worked hard to challenge a safe and supportive environment. We want our users to feel comfortable talking to their compassionate buddies. It’s like talking to a close friend, like an open blank diary, the pages are all yours to fill.

Our compassionate buddies are trained to listen with empathy and understanding. They don’t judge, and they don’t offer unsolicited advice. Their job is to create a space where users feel safe enough to be themselves. This approach helps us gather the most accurate and honest information, which is crucial for measuring impact.

At Antaha, we don’t just discuss impact – we measure it. Our approach is based on gathering practical, verifiable information about our users’ lives. Fancy theories or complicated models do not particularly excite us, we want to see actual results in the real world.

By combining self-reporting, compassionate observation, and intelligent technology, we can track progress and adjust our strategies as needed. This ensures that we’re always providing the most effective support possible. Our focus on measurable outcomes sets us apart and demonstrates our commitment to making a real difference in people’s lives.

We urge all those who are feeling lonely or believe that they can benefit deeply by availing our services to reach out and join us in this journey, together we can create a beautiful world where loneliness will cease to exist.