In Mali, IMPAQ conducted an impact and performance evaluation of Catholic Relief Services McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (FFE III) project. The five-year program aimed to improve literacy and health of 77,104 children in 264 primary schools in the Mopti and Koulikoro Regions.
IMPAQ assessed and quantified the project’s impact by tracking changes in outcomes for the same project beneficiaries over time using measures both before and after the project.
For the impact evaluation, IMPAQ used a cohort comparison method to evaluate the effects of the project’s teacher training, called “Balanced Literacy Approach”, on student literacy outcomes. This methodology compares changes over time of beneficiaries relative to the initial state of non-beneficiaries before the program started.
For the performance evaluation, IMPAQ used a pre-post comparison method to assess health and hygiene practices among program beneficiaries, food security status among mothers and caregivers, and minimum acceptable diets among students.
Applying a mixed method approach, IMPAQ integrated a qualitative research component at midline and end-line to provide contextual information and a better understanding of the quantitative results.
Catholic Relief Services. (2016). McGovern Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition III Project in Mali: Baseline Report. Washington, DC: Dessein, M.L., Safarha, E., Gajate-Garrido, G. & DiFuccia, M.
Catholic Relief Services. (2018). McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition III Project in Mali Midline Evaluation Report. Safarha, E., Gulati, K., Masson, M., DiFuccia, M., Deichsel, S., Kindané, E.