The DREAM Project is a results-driven organization. We believe that every dollar spent on programs should have the highest possible impact. Our staff members and volunteers carefully define their goals and measure their work in order to deliver programs that are effective at addressing some of the toughest challenges in our communities.
Our focus on results incorporates five essential areas:
Research: DREAM programs are designed based on evidence about what works. We use research in education, human development, psychology, and other related fields to inform our methodology. We also partner with researchers from top universities to identify new and innovative practices. Research helps us determine the best ways to achieve desired outcomes.
Monitoring: DREAM continuously monitors the success of its programs based on specific goals and objectives. Each program has an explicit theory of change, or explanation of how our programs change lives. We regularly collect and review monitoring data to assess how we are doing. Monitoring helps us determine whether our programs are on the right track.
Evaluation: DREAM conducts evaluations of its programs to determine how well they are achieving desired results. We work with both internal and external evaluators to plan evaluations, collect and analyze data, and make recommendations. Evaluations help us determine whether or not big changes to programs are necessary based on their impact.
Learning: DREAM emphasizes the importance of learning through program implementation. We foster a culture where successes and challenges can be shared openly, and where everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas to solve problems. Learning helps us identify new and better ways to do things.
Accountability: DREAM is accountable to the local communities that it serves, to the staff that run daily operations on the ground, and to the donors and board members who make our programs happen. We embrace the opportunity to talk about and share our results. Accountability helps us keep stakeholders informed about what we are doing while enabling them to contribute their own feedback.
The DREAM Project provides programs and opportunities that address some of the Dominican Republic’s most pressing challenges.
DID YOU KNOW THAT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC...
- 47% of the population living in poverty is under 18 years old
- More than 50% of children live in families that survive on less than $2 per day
- 30% of school-age students do not have a birth certificate
- 44% of female adolescents who leave school drop out due to pregnancy or marriage
- Only 35% of children ages 3-5 have access to early childhood education
- More than 50% of primary school students repeat a grade at least once
- 49% of students do not move on to secondary school
Source: The State of Children and Youth in the Dominican Republic, UNICEF 2012
We are committed to providing effective solutions by staying up to date on the latest issues related to education and development, both in the Dominican Republic and across the world.
In addition to staying informed about local and global issues in education, The DREAM Project works closely with universities and individual researchers to conduct studies that contribute positively to our programs and the communities where we work.
Past researchers include graduate students from the following universities:
- Teachers College, Columbia University
- Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
- Harvard University
- Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
- Georgetown University Law Center
- DePaul University, International Human Rights Law Institute
- Boston University
- University of Miami
- York University (Toronto, Canada)
We welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students as they plan and implement research projects in collaboration with our organization. We work closely with researchers to define research questions and methods, provide ideas or letters of support for funding and/or IRB proposals, develop research tools, coordinate on-the-ground logistics, and prepare findings for presentation.
If you’re interested in exploring opportunities to conduct educational research in the Dominican Republic with The DREAM Project, please contact Molly Hamm, Associate Director.