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External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa (mNutrition)

mNutrition was a five-year global initiative supported by FCDO, organised by Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA), and implemented by in-country mobile network operators (MNOs) and third-party providers. It sought to use mobile technology to improve the health and nutritional status of children and adults in low-income countries around the world. The nutrition content of the programme aimed to promote behaviour change around key dietary and child feeding practices likely to result in improved nutritional health within a household.

The potential to utilise mobile technology to change attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and practices around health and agriculture for improved nutrition status has been recognised for some time, but there have previously been no rigorous evaluations of m-services at scale.

Under FCDO’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement administered by OPM, IDS was part of a consortium of researchers that conducted a rigorous mixed methods evaluation to estimate the impact of mNutrition in two selected countries (Ghana and Tanzania), with particular attention paid to gender and poverty issues.

External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa and South Asia (mNutrition)

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All of the outputs from the evaluation, including the technical reports and methods briefs, can be found below.

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Sophie Marsden, Communications Officer

E: [email protected] T: +44 (0)1273 915669

 

Key contacts

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Jessica Gordon

Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager and Postgraduate Researcher

j.gordon@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915748

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Sophie Marsden

Communications and Impact Officer

s.marsden@ids.ac.uk

Project details

start date
1 September 2014
value
£0

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Recent work

Opinion

Reflections on evaluating the mNutrition programme

For the past five years a consortium of researchers from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Gamos and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have been evaluating the impact of the mNutrition programme. Led by GSMA and supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development...

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Inka Barnett & 4 others

18 December 2020

Report

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and health in Tanzania: Cost-Effectiveness Endline Report

The quantitative evaluation was designed as a cluster randomised controlled trial, with two stages of randomisation: a village-level randomisation where villages were assigned to a treatment group or to a control group, and a household level randomisation within treatment villages...

Simon Batchelor & 3 others

19 November 2020

Report

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Agriculture in Ghana: Quantitative Endline Report

To estimate the causal impact of the VFC product, we implemented a randomised encouragement design. The encouragement design does not restrict access to the VFC service (as with a control group in a randomised control trial), but instead works by randomly assigning some communities or households...

Lucy Billings & 4 others

19 November 2020

Report

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Health in Tanzania: Quantitative Endline Report

The quantitative evaluation was designed as a cRCT, with two stages of randomisation: a village level randomisation where villages are assigned to a treatment group or to a control group, and a household-level randomisation within treatment villages whereby households are either assigned to...

Daniel O.Gilligan & 3 others

19 November 2020

Report

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Health In Tanzania: Business Modelling Endline Report

mNutrition is a global initiative supported by FCDO, managed by GSMA, and implemented by in-country MNOs and third party providers to use mobile technology, that sought to improve the health and nutritional status of children and adults in the developing world. The potential to utilise mobile...

Nigel Scott & 2 others

17 November 2020

Publication

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Agriculture in Ghana: Business Modelling Endline Report

The VFC journey was not linear, so the financial model was used to provide commentary on the sustainability of different phases of the business model. The model was based on cost data provided by Vodafone to GSMA supplemented by data gathered through interviews. The analysis is based on a growth...

Nigel Scott
Simon Batchelor

17 November 2020

Publication

External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa: Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Agriculture in Ghana: Cost-Effectiveness Endline Report

The aim of the impact evaluation is to assess the impact, cost-effectiveness, and commercial viability of two services within the broader portfolio of the GSMA mNutrition programme. The evaluation is being conducted by a consortium of researchers from Gamos, IDS, and IFPRI. The team draws on a...

Simon Batchelor & 2 others

17 November 2020