Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation

The Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation was an independent evaluation covering 35 villages in Northern Ghana.  It was led by Itad in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Participatory Development Associates Ghana (PDA Ghana).

The Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation(MVEval) was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and undertaken between 2012 and 2017.

The assessment of impact was conducted using the difference-in-difference approach (DD) by comparing the change in outcomes between MV project areas and areas not covered by the project. The evaluation  included extended survey components and non-survey monitoring, around the Millennium Village site itself and in selected comparison sites. It was designed to continue for five years beyond the period of direct intervention by the Millennium Village project, to assess the sustainability of the impacts achieved.

The intention was for the evaluation to provide evidence around the impact, sustainability, cost effectiveness and spillover effects (positive or negative) of the Millennium Villages model, helping to inform rural poverty reduction interventions internationally.

Key contacts

Hannah Corbett

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Project details

start date
1 March 2012
end date
22 May 2017


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Recent work


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