Impact Evaluation Dutch Food Security Policy: country study Bangladesh (April 2018)

maandag, 28 mei 2018

As part of the Review of the Dutch Food Security policy 2012-2016, APE research & consultancy participated in conducting the country study in Bangladesh (as one of the four country studies). The study team was led by Aidenvironment and was done in collaboration with BRAC University / Development Research Initiative (DRI) and UNESCO-IHE.

The overarching research question for the impact evaluation study of the food security programme in Bangladesh is: what has been the contribution of the Dutch food security programme to the food security situation in Bangladesh? The scope of the impact study was the food security project portfolio of the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh, with a focus on two main food security and water management projects, Safal and Blue Gold. The Bangladesh impact evaluation study consisted of a baseline study (in 2014) and an endline study (in 2016). The study adopted a mixed methods approach, which included detailed household surveys (1,600 in total), generating insights based on statistical analyses, supported by insights from focus group discussions and key informant interviews. We believe that this country study is a good example of an effective mixed methods approach, whereby insights from surveys and qualitative assessments were combined to generate useful insights on effectiveness and impact. The policy study was approved and published by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2018. The detailed Bangladesh study, including the annexes on the baseline study, endline study and impact study, is now available on the IOB website.

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