In Burkina Faso, IMPAQ is conducting a performance and impact evaluation of the Catholic Relief Services McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program titled Beoog Biiga II (BBII).
This four-year project aims to improve the literacy, health, and dietary practices of school-aged children in over 700 primary schools and community-led preschools in the provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga.
As a part of this evaluation, IMPAQ measures the progress of the Beoog Biiga II program in achieving the desired outcomes (i.e., higher attendance, literacy, and better nutrition for school-aged children in Burkina Faso). IMPAQ will use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess progress in implementation, the relevance of interventions, and appropriateness of strategies, management structures, and/or activities for improved project effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability.
The impact evaluation employs a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to measure the causal effect of a mentoring intervention on the literacy of school-aged girls in a subset of BBII program schools.
For this evaluation, IMPAQ designed five survey instruments and an Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) reading test calibrated for the Burkina Faso educational context. IMPAQ is using a mixed-method approach of both quantitative and qualitative survey instruments to assess whether and how outcomes related to student literacy, attendance, enrollment, health, hygiene, and dietary practices as well as teachers’ knowledge and pedagogical practices change over time.
In addition, IMPAQ is conducting classroom observations to assess the implementation and uptake of project activities and is triangulating this data with the qualitative and survey findings.
Catholic Relief Services. (2017). McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program Beoog Biiga II: Midline Performance Evaluation Report. Washington, DC: Safarha, E., Pederson, S., Kindane, E. & Mian, P.
Catholic Relief Services. (2016). McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program Beoog Biiga II: Baseline Report. Washington, DC: Petraud J.P., Safarha, E. & Dessein, M.D.