Impact Evaluation of DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh

The DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh (also known as Evaluation of Nutrition and Livelihoods Interventions in Bangladesh, or ENLIB) aims to improve nutrition outcomes for children, mothers, and adolescent girls. Its approach is to integrate delivery of direct nutrition interventions into livelihood support that is currently provided to extremely poor people in Bangladesh through three existing DFID programs. These three programs are the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP), the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme (EEP, also known as “Shiree”), and the Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR).

IFPRI is part of a consortium that has been commissioned by DFID to undertake a 3-year (2013-2016) mixed-methods impact evaluation of this program. The consortium is led by PATH, and the evaluation team includes the Institute for Development Studies, UK (the lead research organization); IFPRI, DC/Dhaka; BRAC, Dhaka; DATA Ltd, Dhaka; ITAD, UK; and the Centre for Natural Resource Studies, Dhaka.

The evaluation aims to assess the added impact of integrating a nutrition component into livelihoods programs on the nutritional status of children under two, as well as to analyze explanatory factors and estimate cost effectiveness of integrating these interventions.  It comprises four components (quantitative impact estimation, qualitative research, a process evaluation, and cost effectiveness study), of which IFPRI leads the quantitative component.