Bidna Capoeira: Measuring our impact – Transparency and Results

One of my intentions re-posting articles from institutions involved with ‘Social Capoeira’ is to follow up the interviews I published with them giving readers some perspective on the daily lives of those involved with Capoeira-related programs. Another idea is, of course, to inspire others to really get involved with this kind of programs and approach to Capoeira. The need to approach one’s grasp of what Capoeira is and to meet community development principles within these programs can reveal a lot about our own modus operandi. In the following post Bidna Capoeira explains the importance of ‘transparency’ and ‘sustanability’ if we are to achieve the support of worldly recognised institutions. I believe we also ought to add ‘accountability’.

In Even Idiots Learn How to Ride Good Ideas I have mentioned how dishonest Mestres capitalize on peoples’ compassion and guilty running pseudo-programs to which they can’t provide neither transparency nor accountability. Just like large institutions targeting social development do, we all ought to be suspicious and verify whether the alleged programs our groups are meant to support in Brazil, or else where, have the necessary infrastructure to receive our support.


Measuring our impact – Transparency and Results
Striving for reporting integrity
Sourced from Bidna Capoeira’s website on 10/08/2011

At the core of Bidna Capoeira’s philosophy are the concepts of transparency and sustainability. To make sure we live up to this, we have decided to set up a system for performance based management.

We value every participant equally and we want to use our funding to help as many people as possible. Based on current business management methodologies, performance management is in the most basic sense about using resources effectively (doing the right thing) and efficiently (doing things right).

Since our funding is not unlimited, this work helps us control our spending and increase our impact, with the aim of reducing the costs per participant without reducing the quality of our work.

In practice, this means that we measure everything we need to run the organisation: we budget our projects to provide transparency, record the number of participants attending every training session, keep track of our unit costs and strive to achieve economies of scale — even home made instruments cost money when you make thousands of them! We then use this information to provide insight to donors, as well as continuously learning how to get better at doing our work.

While the subject matter itself might seem a bit theoretical and boring compared to playing capoeira and creating smiling faces, we recognise that having such a system in place from the start will support us in achieving our goals.

Related Articles:
In Syria, Capoeira helps Palestinian-Iraqi Children heal psycho-social wonds;
Random Thoughts: Even Idiots learn how to ride good ideas;
Capoeira: When to help others is no longer a choice but an obligation;
Bidna Capoeira assists 480 children recover from violence-related traumas in occupied Palestine;
Bidna Capoeira moves on enriching the lives of Palestinian kids.

One thought on “Bidna Capoeira: Measuring our impact – Transparency and Results”

  1. Hey, this is very cool!
    You’ve inspired me to complete the second part of my article about the social aspects of teaching capoeira! I promise I’ll have sent it to Eurico before the end of September!


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