Launched in 2012, the Sunaula Hazar Din (SHD)—Community Action for Nutrition Project was the first project in Nepal that employed an innovative community-driven rapid results approach (RRA) to tackle both individual- and community-level factors to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices on nutrition. The project’s social mobilization and subsequent participatory subproject implementation cycle was called “Rapid Results for Nutrition Initiative (RRNI),” where each ward in a selected Village Development Committee (VDC) commited to a series of nutrition relevant goals, each to be met within a 100-day period. A ‘coach’ (local facilitator) was assigned to each VDC to facilitate community-level teams created under the project (called “RRNI teams”) in achieving their respective goals.
Given that the SHD was one of the first initiatives in Nepal and in the world to implement the RRA to address malnutrition on a large scale, i.e., across 15 districts of the country, the implementation team and other stakeholders recognized the importance of conducting rigorous evaluation of the SHD. In this context, the in-depth qualitative study complemented an ongoing quantitative, randomized controlled trial impact evaluation, to better understand the processes and local dynamics of the project implementation, especially at the community level, with a focus on gender and social inclusion (e.g., inclusion of low caste and other minority groups).
Assignment: Post-Project Evaluation of a Community-based Nutrition Project
Monica Biradavolu was the Lead Qualitative consultant, from November 2015 to June 2017.
- Conceptualized study and developed research questions
- Designed site selection, data collection, and data management plans
- Developed data collection instruments and research protocols
- Trained in-country team on in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observational note-taking
- Coded 36 focus groups, 128 in-depth interviews, and 18 observation notes in NVivo
- Interpreted findings to produce report