Field Research Activities (Selected)


RP050 Impact Evaluation of WFP-Implemented Nutrition Programs in Malawi: Midline Survey and Longitudinal Follow-Up
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
January 2015 – December 2015
Midline Survey and Longitudinal Follow-up Surveys in Ntchisi and Dowa Districts for Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Data collection (questionnaire administration, anthropometric measurements and anaemia tests for 6-24 months old children and pregnant and lactating women) and database management.

RP049 Protecting Early Childhood Development in Malawi: Child Development Tests and Mother/Guardian Endline Survey
Ephraim W. Chirwa, Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
January 2015 – April 2015
Data collection and database management for The World Bank and Ministry of Gender, Women and Community Services
Administration Mother/Guardian questionnare, Child Development Tests, data entry and database management covering Nkhata Bay, Dedza, Balaka and Thyolo districts

RP048 Baseline Survey of the Sustainable Agricultural Production Programme (SAPP) in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa, Peter M. Mvula, Wezi Mhango and Mirriam Matita
Wadonda Consult Limited
November 2014 – April 2015
Household survey management for Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development
Survey design (quantitative and qualitative), development of data collection tools, data entry and database management, data analysis and report writing. Data from 6 intervention districts and 5 control districts in Malawi

RP047 Data Entry for Malawi’s Secondary School Bursary and Cash Transfer Program (SSBCTP) for Academic Years 2013-14 and 2014-15
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
October 2014 – February 2015
Data entry and database management for The World Bank
Data entry and database management of secondary school bursary application forms and application lists from 6 education divisions in Malawi

RP046 Baseline Survey of the Anchor Farm Project in Malawi
Peter M. Mvula and Ephraim W. Chirwa
Wadonda Consult Limited
September 2014 – December 2014
Data collection and database management for the University of Illinois
Administration household and plot questionnaires, data entry and database management. Data from Kasungu and Dowa districts

RP045 Protecting Early Childhood Development in Malawi: CBCC Endline Survey
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
May 2014 – August 2014
Data collection and database management for The World Bank and Ministry of Gender, Women and Community Services
Administration CBCC questionnare, classroom observations, data entry and database management covering Nkhata Bay, Dedza, Balaka and Thyolo districts

RP044 Analysis of Baseline Financial Literacy Household Survey in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
February 2014 – April 2014
Data Analysis and Report for Reserve Bank of Malawi.
Analysis of nation-wide household survey on financial literacy and consumer protection in Malawi. Data analysis using statistical and econometric methods
Chirwa, EW and Mvula, PM (2014) Malawi: Baseline Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection Household Survey Report

RP043 Real Time Monitoring of the Most Vulnerable Children and Women in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
December 2013 – July 2014
Health, education and Community Survey, Data Analysis and Reports for UNICEF Malawi.
Monitoring the impacts of the economic crisis on vulnerable children and women in access to education and health services in the following districts: Karonga,Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Dowa, Lilongwe, Salima, Balaka, Machinga, Chiradzulu, Phalombe, Neno and Nsanje

RP042 Impact Evaluation of WFP-Implemented Nutrition Programs in Malawi: Baseline Survey and Longitudinal Follow Up
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult Limited
November 2013 – December 2014
Baseline Surveys and Longitudinal Follow-up Surveys in Ntchisi and Dowa Districts for Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Data collection (questionnaire administration, anthropometric measurements and anaemia tests for 6-24 months old children and pregnant and lactating women) and database management.

RP041 Evaluation of the 2013/14 Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
Andrew Dorward, Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula, Mirriam Matita and Wezi Mhango
School of Oriental & African Studies - University of London and Wadonda Consult Limited
October 2013 – September 2014
Commissioned by Department for International Development (DFID), Lilongwe.
Evaluation of the 2013/14 Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme focusing on programme implementation, briefing papers and technical support to Farmers' Union of Malawi
Dorward, A. and Chirwa, E. (2014) Programme Implementation and Benefit Cost Analysis
Matita, M.M. and Chirwa, E. (2014) Targeting in Social Cash Transfer and Farm Input Subsidy Programmes in Malawi: Should they be Harmonized?
Dorward, A. and Chirwa, E. (2014) Strategic Options for Agriculture and Development in Malawi

RP040 Evaluation of the 2012/13 Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
Andrew Dorward, Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula, Mirriam Matita and Wezi Mhango
School of Oriantal & African Studies - University of London and Wadonda Consult
August 2012 – September 2013
Commissioned by Department for International Development (DFID), Lilongwe.
Evaluation of the 2012/13 Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme focusing on programme implementation, household survey, productivity estimates resident enumerator approach, input supply survey, maize prices and wages, economy-wide impacts modelling, graduation, integrated soil fertility management and technical support to Farmers' Union of Malawi
Dorward, A. et l (2012) Programme Implementation and Benefit Cost Analysis
Andrew, A. and Chirwa, E. (2014) FISP Impacts Policy Brief
Chirwa, E and Dorward, A (2014) FISP 2012/13 Implementation Policy Brief

RP039 Baseline Financial Literacy Household Survey in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
July 2013 – November 2013
Data collection and database management for the Reserve Bank of Malawi
Household questionnaire administration and database management covering 26 districts

RP038 Protecting Early Childhood Development in Malawi: Midline Survey
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
May 2013 – August 2013
Child Assessments, Household and CBCC Survey Management for The World Bank, Washington, DC.
Mother/Guardian questionnaire administration and child assessments, database management covering Nkhata Bay, Dedza, Balaka and Thyolo districts

RP037 Evaluation of the Performance and Impact of the Social Cash Transfer Scheme
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
February 2013 – August 2013
Impact Evaluation for National Aids Commission (NAC), Malawi.
Evaluation of the Social Cash Transfer Scheme in Chitipa, Salima, Machinga and Phalombe districts
Chirwa, EW and Mvula, PM (2013) External Evaluation of the Performance and Impact of the Social Cash Transfer Scheme in Malawi

RP036 Real Time Monitoring of the Most Vulnerable Children and Women in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
June 2012 – August 2013
Health, education and Community Survey, Data Analysis and Reports for UNICEF Malawi.
Monitoring the impacts of the economic crisis on vulnerable children and women in access to education and health services in the following districts: Karonga,Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Dowa, Lilongwe, Salima, Balaka, Machinga, Chiradzulu, Phalombe, Neno and Nsanje

RP035 Schooling, Income and Health Risks (SIHR) in Malawi - Biomarker Data Collection
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
February 2012 – September 2012
Biomarker Data Collection, VCT and Database Management for George Washington University, USA.
Voluntary Couselling and Testing (VCT) for a panel survey of baseline school girls in Zomba and tracking of respondents in various districts in Malawi.

RP034 Schooling, Income and Health Risks (SIHR) in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
February 2012 – September 2012
Household Survey and Database Management for George Washington University, USA.
Household Survey, Core Respondent Survey, Husbands Survey, Antropometry and MDAT for a panel survey of baseline school girls in Zomba and tracking of respondents in various districts in Malawi.

RP033 Impact Evaluation of Open Distance Learning Program in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
May 2012 – September 2012
Household Survey and Database Management for Ministry of Education, science and Technology

RP032 2012 Malawi Cotton Yield Survey
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
August 2012 – September 2012
Farmer Survey, Measurement of Plots using GPS and Data Management for NORC at University of Chicago.

RP031 Evaluation of the 2011/12 Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
Andrew Dorward, Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula and Mirriam Matita
School of Oriantal & African Studies - University of London and Wadonda Consult
October 2011 – August 2012
Reports for Department for International Development (DFID), Lilongwe.
Dorward and Chirwa 2012 Report on Implementation of FISP
Dorward and Chirwa 2012 Informal Rural Economy Modelling of FISP Impacts
Dorward and Chirwa 2012 Targeting in FISP - (Discussion Paper)
Chirwa and Dorward 2012 Private Sector Participation in FISP - (Working Paper)
Dorward and Chirwa 2012 Targeting in FISP - (Policy Brief No. 1)
Chirwa and Dorward 2012 Private Sector Particiption in FISP - (Policy Brief No. 2)
Chirwa, Dorward and Matita 2012 Thinking Graduation in FISP - (Policy Brief No. 3)
Dorward and Chirwa 2012 Current Issues in FISP - (Policy Brief No. 4)

RP030 Understanding Wages in the Tea Industry in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa and Peter M. Mvula
Wadonda Consult
October 2011 – March 2012
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Oxfam Novib (Amsterdam), Ethical Tea Parnership (London).

RP029 Baseline Data Collection for the Protection of Early Child Development in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa, Peter M. Mvula, Bob Chulu and John Phuka
Wadonda Consult
July 2011 – February 2012
Household Survey Management (baseline and monitoring) for The World Bank, Washington, DC.

RP028 Tracking Study of the Public Works Cash Transfer in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa, Peter M. Mvula and Hannock Kumwenda
Wadonda Consult
October 2011 – December 2011
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Local Development Fund, lilongwe.

RP027 Baseline Data Collection for the Open Distance Learning Programme for Teacher Training in Malawi
Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula and Bob Chulu
Wadonda Consult
January 2011 – April 2011
Household Survey ans Database Management for The World Bank, Washington, DC.

RP026 Evaluation of the 2010/11 Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
Andrew Dorward, Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula and Mirriam Matita
School of Oriantal & African Studies and Wadonda Consult
October 2010 – October 2011
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Department for International Development (DFID), Lilongwe.
Dorward and Chirwa 2011 Report on Implementation
Chirwa, Matita, Mvula and Dorward 2011 Report on Programme Impacts
Mvula, Chirwa, Matita and Dorward 2011 Report on Most Vulnerable Groups
Chirwa, Dorward and Matita 2011 Concepualising Graduation from FISP
Dorward and Chirwa 2010 Estimating Production: Methods
Dorward and Chirwa 2010 Estimating FISP Contribution: Methods
Chirwa, Matita and Dorward 2010 Targeting of Fertiliser Coupons
Chirwa, Matita and Dorward 2010 Gender and Intra-Household Use of Subsidy
Dorward and Chirwa 2010 Review of 2009/10 FISP Implementation

RP025 Assessing the Impact of Financial Services in Malawi: Baseline and Endline Survey
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
January 2010 – May 2010 (R2); January – April 2008 (R1)
Household Survey and Database Management (baseline and monitoring) for the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland, USA.

RP024 Marriage Transition and HIV/AIDS in Malawi: Household Survey Round 1, 2 & 3
Ephraim Chirwa, Alister Munthali and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
July – October 2009 (R3); February – March 2008 (R2) ;June – September 2007 (R1)
Household Survey Management (baseline and monitoring) for The World Bank, Washington, DC.

RP023 Implementation of Zomba Cash Transfer Program
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
January – December 2009
Administration and Management of Cash Trasnsfer for The World Bank, Washington, DC.

RP0226 Baseline Study of an Outgrower Jatropha Curcas Project for Bio-diesel
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
April – July 2009
Household Survey Management, Analysis and Report for World Food Programme in Malawi, Lilongwe.

RP021 Evaluation of the Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi 2007/08 – 2008/09
Andrew Dorward, Ephraim Chirwa, V. Kelly, D. Boughton, R. Slatter and P. Mvula
School of Oriantal & African Studies, Wadonda Consult, Michigan State University and Overseas Development Institute
November 2008 – July 2010
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Department for International Development (DFID), Lilongwe.
Dorward et al 2010 Report on Implementation
Dorward and Chirwa 2010 Report on Maize Production and Market Impacts
Dorward et al 2010 Report on Programme Impacts
Chirwa and Dorward 2010 Policy Brief No. 1 - Implementation
Chirwa and Dorward 2010 Policy Brief No. 2 - Programme Impact
Chirwa et al 2010 Policy Brief No. 3 - Input Supply

RP020 Socio-Economic Survey- Feasibility Studies, Preliminary and Detailed Design of Raw Water Sources for Chitipa and Expansion Works for Chitipa, Chilumba, Rumphi and Nkhata Bay Water Supply Schemes
Ephraim Chirwa
Bua Consulting Engineers
August – September 2008
Household Survey Management, Analysis and Report for Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), Mzuzu.

RP019 Malawi – Baseline Survey of Households and Public Facilities for ISP Impact Evaluation
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
August – October 2008
Survey Management for Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Lilongwe.

RP018 WFP Malawi Cash and Food For Livelihoods Pilot Project: Baseline Survey
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
June – August 2008
Household Survey Management and Data Management for World Food Programme (WFP), Lilongwe.

RP017 Evaluation of the 2006/07 Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
Andrew Dorward, Jonathan Kydd, Ephraim Chirwa, V. Kelly, D. Boughton, T. Jayne, R. Slatter, W. Masanjala and M. Tsoka
Imperial College London, Michigan State University, Overseas Development Institute, Wadonda Consult
November 2006 - March 2008
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Department for International Development (DFID) and United States Agency for International Development.
SOAS et al 2008 Final Report
ICL et al 2007 Interim Report

RP016 Impact of Local Private Sector Participation in the Distribution and Management of Water Services in Low Income Areas in the Cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe: Poverty and Social Impact Assessment
Ephraim Chirwa and Nils Junge
Wadonda Consult
November 2006 - March 2007
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Lilongwe.


RP015 MASAF APL I IEC Impact Assessment
Ephraim Chirwa and Blessings Chinsinga
Wadonda Consult
September – December 2006
Household Survey Management, Data Analysis and Report for the Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF), Lilongwe.

RP014 NASFAM Weather-based Insurance Baseline Surveys
Ephraim Chirwa and Peter Mvula
Wadonda Consult
September – December 2006
Household Survey Management and Database Management for The World Bank, Washington, DC.

RP013 Feasibility Study for Coordinated Provision of Infrastructure Services
Ephraim Chirwa
Bua Consulting Engineers and Norconsult
March – August 2006
Commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Lilongwe.

RP012 Poverty Reduction During Democratic Transition: The Malawi Social Action Fund 1996-2001
Gerald Bloom, Wycliff Chilowa, Ephraim Chirwa, Henry Lucas, Peter Mvula, Arild Schou and Maxton Tsoka
Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi
January 2005
Research Report 56
Institute of Development Studies , Sussex, United Kingdom.

RP011 Evaluation of the Improved Livelihoods Through Public Works Programme (ILTPWP)
Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula and Boniface Dulani
Wadonda Consult
September 2004
Prepared for Malawi Social Action Fund and Care International, Lilongwe.


RP010 Baseline Socio-economic Study for the Community Based Rural Land Development Project
Ephraim Chirwa, Peter Mvula, John Kadzandira and Lucy Horea
Wadonda Consult
May 2003
Prepared for Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Surveys, Lilongwe.


RP009 Second Beneficiary Assessment of the Public Works Programme (PWP)
Peter Mvula, Ephraim Chirwa), Evious Zgovu, and Esme Kadzamira
Wadonda Consult
September 2000
Prepared for Malawi Social Action Fund, Lilongwe.


RP008 Evaluation of the Women in Development (WID) Component under the Population, Health and Nutrition (PHN) Program in Malawi
Peter Mvula, Ephraim Chirwa and Esme Kadzamira
Wadonda Consult
August 2000
Prepared for Ministry of Health and Population, Lilongwe.


RP007 Evaluation of Food Security and Nutrition Intervention Projects in Malawi
Ephraim Chirwa and James Milner
Wadonda Consult
December 1997
Prepared for National Economic Council, Food Security and Nutrition Unit, Lilongwe

RP006 Review of Credit Operations under Social Dimensions of Adjustment (SDA) Project and other Programmes
Peter Mvula, Ephraim Chirwa, Lucy Namata and Evious Zgovu
Wadonda Consult
October 1996
Malawi Government - Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Lilongwe.

RP005 Malawi: Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 1995
Wycliffe Chilowa, Annie Brouder, Ephraim Chirwa and James Milner
Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi
December 1995
Pepared for United Nations Children's Fund, Lilongwe.

RP004 An Evaluation Study of Malawi Mudzi Fund (MMF)
M. Nyanda, Ephraim Chirwa and I. Jones
Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi
April 1995
Prepared for IFAD/World Bank Report, Lilongwe.

RP003 Channels of Distribution for Consumer Products in Malawi: Problems and Prospects
Ephraim Chirwa and Flora Nankhuni
Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi
March 1995
Prepared for Lever Brothers (Malawi) Limited, Blantyre.

RP002 Starch Adhesives - A Market Survey: Malawi and the PTA Region
Max Thondolo and Ephraim Chirwa
November 1994
Prepared for the University of Malawi - Department of Chemistry/Forintec Canada Corporation, Zomba.

RP001 Malawi: Export Market Survey and Investor Perception Survey in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Ephraim Chirwa
May 1994
Prepared for Maxwell Stamp Plc, London, United Kingdom.