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Evaluation of Zambia’s First 1,000 Days Nutrition Programme

National Food and Nutrition Council (NFNC) and several donors—including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) —designed a bundled, multisector programme called the First 1,000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP). The MCDP will run for three years (from late 2014 through 2016) in 14 districts across Zambia, and it includes targeted interventions such as micronutrient supplementation; promotion of best practices in breastfeeding and complementary feeding; promotion of diverse diets for pregnant and lactating women; zinc treatment for diarrhoea; promotion of safe water, hygiene, and sanitation; growth monitoring; deworming; and management of acute malnutrition. The impact evaluation of the MCDP consists of four components, the first of which is the rapid qualitative assessment (RQA). The RQA is intended to facilitate formative research and is designed to provide tailored, programme-relevant information to MCDP implementers in order to guide refinements to the programme. It was developed around one central research question: “What is the nature and experience of poverty and undernutrition, including access to food, dietary and feeding practices, and behaviour for households with young children in rural Zambia?” To answer this question, the RQA employed three primary methods of data collection: focused ethnographic studies (FESs); focus group discussions (FGDs); and social mapping (SM). (84 pages) Read More...

Zambia’s First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP)

This report presents the results of a mixed-methods, summative evaluation of Zambia’s First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP). The MCDP is a bundled, multi-sectoral programme that aims to reduce stunting in Zambia by 50% by focusing on the most critical period for stunting: pregnant and lactating mothers, and children under 2 years of age. The programme focuses on bringing to scale a strategic subset of routine evidence-based interventions proven to reduce stunting: deworming and vitamin A supplementation; family planning; growth monitoring; iron and folic acid supplementation; iodised salt, micronutrients, and breastfeeding; fortified staples and specialised nutritional products; a mother- and baby-friendly hospital initiative; and management of severely malnourished children (National Food and Nutrition Commission of Zambia [NFNC], 2011). These interventions are supplemented by a range of trainings and behaviour change components designed to take advantage of potential complementarities between child health and improved maternal knowledge, WASH practices, and nutritional intake. The programme is led by the Zambia Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) and it involves the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoA), the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare (MCD), and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH). CARE International is the main technical assistance and fund management partner and the MCDP is funded by the Scaling Up Nutrition network (SUN) in Zambia. (359 pages)
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Increasing Quality and Work Opportunities for Women with Disabilities in Georgia: Year 3 Report

In July 2015, CARE Czech Republic together with CARE International in the Caucasus, started implementation of the project “Increasing Quality and Work Opportunities for Women with Disabilities in Georgia” in three municipalities of Georgia: Samtredia, Senaki and Abasha. The project was funded by the Czech Development Agency
implemented activities, main achievements and findings. [33 pages] Read More...

Increasing Quality and Work Opportunities for Women with Disabilities in Georgia Final Evaluation Report

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the project “Increasing Quality and Work Opportunities for Women with Disabilities in Georgia”, 3-year project funded by the Czech Development Agency, managed and implemented jointly by CARE Czech Republic and CARE International in the Caucasus in three target municipalities of Georgia (Samtredia, Abasha, Senaki). The evaluation was carried out by CARE Caucasus MEALS team in December 2017 involving a document review, an inception meeting with project staff and a field visits to the target locations of the project to talk to project participants, representatives of local civic organizations, and other key informants such as local stakeholders. The project started in July 2015 and completed in December 2017 having had the three independent project cycles/years. [28 pages]
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Phase One Outcomes Report The Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects on Community-Based Education: A Randomized Field Experiment in Afghanistan

This report presents the Phase One outcomes for the Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects (ALSE) project in Afghanistan, an initiative funded by USAID through a grant issued to the Steinhardt School at New York University (NYU). The research is being carried out in close cooperation with the implementing partners, CRS and CARE International. ALSE is a comprehensive multi-year impact evaluation that aims to expand and deepen our understanding of ways (1) to maximize primary school learning and access through community-based education (CBE), and (2) to sustain these gains in learning and access into the future. Phase One focuses on questions related to the first theme, studying the impact of CBE models that vary in teacher recruitment criteria and the extent of parent and community-level mobilization to support children’s education. The outcomes presented in this report harness ALSE’s experimental design (RCT) to evaluate CBE effectiveness, teacher recruitment, and parent/community mobilization. We compare outcomes in villages where our NGO partners, CARE and CRS, established classes in 2014 to villages where the NGOs had not yet established classes. We also compare different variations in teacher recruitment and community engagement among villages that received classes in 2014. The ALSE study is conducted in six Afghan provinces: Bamiyan, Daykundi, Ghor, Herat, Kapisa and Parwan. [55 pages] Read More...

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects of Community-Based Education: A Randomized Field Experiment in Afghanistan Baseline report

This report presents the findings of baseline data collection for the Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects (ALSE) project in Afghanistan, an initiative funded by USAID through grants to the University of New York (NYU). ALSE is a comprehensive multi-year impact evaluation that aims to expand and deepen our understanding of ways (1) to maximize primary school learning and access through community-based education (CBE), and (2) to sustain these gains in learning and access into the future. The program operates as a randomized control trial using mixed quantitative and qualitative outcome assessments and measurements. ALSE assesses a CBE program implemented by CARE and CRS (funded by Canada) in 180 villages in the six central Afghan provinces of Bamiyan, Daykundi, Ghor, Herat, Kapisa, and Parwan. In this baseline data report we describe the geographic, demographic, and educational context of the communities we are studying. We also characterize some key patterns in access to education, demand for education, and children’s verbal and mathematical aptitude. The data collection for this report, which was undertaken in the summer and fall of 2014, will help set the stage for future data collection. [150 pages] Read More...

Phase Two Baseline Report The Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects of Community-Based Education: A Randomized Field Experiment in Afghanistan

This report presents the findings of baseline data collection for the Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects (ALSE) project in Afghanistan, an initiative funded by USAID through grants to the University of New York (NYU). ALSE is a comprehensive multi-year impact evaluation that aims to expand and deepen our understanding of ways (1) to maximize primary school learning and access through community-based education (CBE), and (2) to sustain these gains in learning and access into the future. The program operates as a randomized control trial using mixed quantitative and qualitative outcome assessments and measurements. ALSE assesses a CBE program implemented by CARE and CRS (funded by Canada) in 180 villages in the six central Afghan provinces of Bamiyan, Daykundi, Ghor, Herat, Kapisa, and Parwan. Phase Two of the ALSE project tests a model of CBE sustainability under the management of three community-level institutions—Community Development Councils (CDCs), Education Subcommittees (ESs), and School Management Shuras (SMSs). Two of the research consists of four steps: (1) a baseline “institutional-capacity assessment” of the three institutions; (2) capacity-building training for the three institutions; (3) the “handover” of 69 randomly assigned CBE classes from management under an NGO to management by the three institutions; and (4) a comparison of education access and learning outcomes between villages where CBE classes were managed by community institutions and those that continued under NGO management for one academic year. This Phase Two Baseline Report focuses on steps (1) and (2) above. The institutional capacity assessment was conducted in late 2016 in 184 villages across six provinces in Afghanistan. The results presented in this report shed light on the current functionality and management practices of the institutions prior to their involvement in the management of CBE classes in their respective villages. [47 pages] Read More...

ABDISHE: Strengthening Women’s Livelihoods through Markets in Fedis Woreda, East Hararghie Zone, Oromia Region Baseline Study Report

Baseline study of the ABDISHE project implemented in Ethiopia by CARE Canada and CARE Ethiopia as part of the LINKAGES program funded by Global Affairs Canada. [130 pages] Read More...

PROMISE Baseline Survey Garu-Tempane and East Mamprusi Districts

Baseline study of the PROMISE project implemented in Ghana by CARE Canada and CARE Ghana as part of the LINKAGES program funded by Global Affairs Canada. [72 pages] Read More...

LINKAGES Final Evaluation Report – Advisem

Final evaluation conducted for the multi-country LINKAGES program (Bolivia, Ghana, Mali and Ethiopia) funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by CARE Canada and CARE offices in the 4 countries. Evaluation was conducted by external Canadian consultant firm Advisem. This report combines findings from the 4 independent final evaluations, which took place in-country as well as reports on findings from independent surveys and interviews conducted by the firm. [117 pages] Read More...

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