Research Projects in 2018

Supporting Operational AIDS Research (SOAR) One Community Impact Evaluation Project
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Commissioned by Population Council, Washington DC
December 2015 – December 2019

The overall aim of the One Community (OC) program is to support the Government of Malawi’s effort for targeted HIV activities to improve the quality of life for Malawians. Target at-risk populations of the OC program include orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their households, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and other HIV vulnerable populations (OVP), such as fishermen, estate workers, vendors, separated/ divorced/ widowed, and single mothers. The study is conducted 5 districts: Blantyre, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Mulanje and Mangochi. The study has baseline quantitative survey, follow-up quantitative survey, qualitative survey and endline quantitative survey.

Wadonda Consult Limited is responsible for data collection and management. The data collection involves screening of households in 72 enumeration areas, administration of questionnaires to the target sample using tablets. Round 2 of the Quantitative and Qualitative Survey were implemented from June 2018 - September 2018

Follow-Up Survey of Sustainable Agricultural Production Programme (SAPP) in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa, Peter Mvula, Wezi Mhango and Mirriam Matita
International Fund For Agriculture Development (IFAD), Rome
August 2018 – November 2018

The main objectives of the follow-up survey are a) to generate empirical evidence on the impact of SAPP activities on GAPs adoption; b) to identify the main drivers and barriers to adoption, drawing lessons that can inform future programme activities; c) to provide empirical evidence on the role of weather and climate variables. iSome of these indicators include prevalence of poverty, food insecurity, maize yields, area planted to high value crops, access to inputs through commercial channels, development and adoption rates for various improved agronomic packages, access to extension services and levels of satisfaction with extension services, improved agro-dealer services, improved grain storage facilities, reduction in post-harvest loss, access to financial and credit markets. In order to make better judgement of whether the project has significantly affected the various programme indicators and hence has achieved its development objective, control or comparison groups were identified and are being studied along with the programme group.

Wadonda Consult is responsible for design of data collection tools, sample design, collection data from households using paper questionnaires (baseline) and computer assisted personal interviews using tablets (follow-up), focus group discussions and key informants, anthropometric measurements for under-5 year olds (baseline), data entry and database management, data analysis and report writing; community survey (follow-up).