The MLE Unit has provided expertise and services on various projects. These services include;
- Designing of CAPI,
- Revision of Questionnaires,
- Training of Enumerators,
- Field coordination,
- Data Analysis and Report writing.
The above mentioned services were provided by the MLE Unit for the following projects;
1. AN EVALUATION OF PILOT LAND REGISTRATION UNDER THE MiDA PROGRAMME, 2014/2015
Following two previous rounds of surveys, ISSER conducted a third round of survey to support the independent impact evaluation of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) pilot land title registration exercise in the Awutu-Senya district of the Central Region of Ghana. This MiDA initiative forms part of its agricultural transformation projects, piloting land titling in Ghana with the objective of eliminating production bottlenecks associated with access, use and security of tenure of land. The MLE Unit undertook the CAPI design, training of field personnel on CAPI, supervision of fieldwork, collation and cleaning of data for the project and the writing of endline survey report.
2. AN IMPACT EVALUATION OF INOCULANTS USAGE ON FARMER YIELDS AND FARM INCOMES IN GHANA, 2014/2015
ISSER, in conjunction with the University for Development Studies (UDS) were contracted to evaluate the impact of the inoculant technology use on the crop yields and incomes of farmers. The team also assessed which form of information dissemination (radio listening clubs and mobile videos) is cost effective for the adaption of the inoculant technology. The MLE Unit undertook the CAPI design, training of field personnel on CAPI and the supervision of fieldwork.
3. DOES REINFORCING AGRO-DEALER NETWORK IMPROVE ACCESS AND USE OF AGRICULTURE INPUTS BY FARMERS IN NIGER?
Contribution à l’Education de Base (CEB) in partnership with Association des Distributeurs des Produits Phytosanitaires du Niger (ADPHYTO), and with funding from the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), implemented a project that aimed at reinforcing agro-dealers network in Niger. The intervention aimed at improving smallholder farmers’ access to and adoption of agricultural inputs in three regions of Niger. ISSER was contracted by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie) to evaluate the impact of the project on key outcomes of interest. The objectives were to: analyze the impact of building the capacity of agro-dealers on smallholder farmers’ access to and use of agricultural inputs; analyze the impact of credit on smallholder farmers’ use of agricultural inputs. The Unit undertook the CAPI design, training of field personnel on CAPI, collation, cleaning and analysis of the data.
4. IMPACT OF REMINDERS OF POST-HARVEST AGGREGATION SERVICES AND TIMELY PROVISION OF PRICE INFORMATION ON SMALLHOLDER FARMERS' MARKET POWER AND INCOMES IN MALI
In 2013, the Malian Association of Awakening on Sustainable Development (AMEDD) received a grant from the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to implement interventions in Sikasso (Mali’s largest grain producing region). These interventions are expected to help address the constraints of limited agricultural inputs, poor post-harvest management, poor organization of farmers, limited credit access, and underdeveloped output markets. The overall expected outcome of the intervention is to ensure and promote smallholder farm incomes in the region. In this regard, ISSER was contracted by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie) to conduct an impact evaluation of some components of the project, mainly to assess the impact of mobile phone reminders of post-harvest aggregation services and timely provision of price information on smallholder farmers’ market power. The MLE Unit undertook CAPI design, trained field personnel on CAPI, supervised fieldwork, collated, cleaned and analyzed the data.
5. ISSER SOCIAL IMPACT GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT
ISSER was sub-contracted by Social Impact (SI) to conduct an impact evaluation of USAID/Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (G-SAM) programme. The evaluation will be implemented over approximately two years and comprises of three (3) discrete data collection activities; namely baseline, midline, and endline survey and quantitative data collection activities. The purpose of this study was to assess accountability relationships between district government and citizens as well as the delivery of local capital projects. The MLE Unit undertook CAPI design and training of field personnel for the project.
6. A SURVEY OF THE BREAD BASKET REGION IN GHANA AND BURKINA FASO, 2015
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is supporting the Government of Ghana in the development of a breadbasket approach to concentrate and combine interventions in the Northern region that have potential to produce a large share of the country’s staple food requirements. Under the breadbasket strategy some of the goals will be to increase the cultivated area in the Northern Region by about 150 000 hectares and to roughly double average yields on existing land. This endline survey provides impact analysis of the outcomes of agriculture production and productivity over time. The study covers three key stakeholders in the agriculture value chain in the rural Northern region. The MLE Unit undertook the designing of CAPI, data management, revision of questionnaires, training of enumerators and supervision of fieldwork.
The survey collected data on various households’ living conditions that will help provide understanding of the effects cash transfer programmes have on reducing poverty and vulnerability for poor households with pregnant women and infants and the implications this may have on child health. Information on household consumption behaviour, education, and maternal and child health and nutritional outcomes was collected. The study also collected information on the households’ use of preventive and curative care services, infant and young child feeding, and diet diversity.