The 3rd Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) of the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) would be conducted this month in three of its project Dzongkhags. Towards this end, a workshop was conducted from March 1-3 at Samdrup Jongkhar to train and pre-test the study instruments. The workshop was attended by the officials from the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and 15 extension officials from the project Dzongkhags who would be carrying out the survey.
The training and pre-testing for the conduct of the AOS was coordinated by the PCU MAGIP in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The main objective of the AOS as emphasised during the workshop is to evaluate the outcome of the project for the reference year. It will provide clear indication on the success and failure of the project and the loopholes that can be filled in the next projects. The workshop was organised to provide a common platform for the enumerators and project team to discuss and streamline the questionnaires for the survey.
During the first day of the workshop, the extension officials were educated on Result and Impact Management System (RIMS) – a framework adopted by IFAD for measuring and reporting the results and impact of the projects. The purpose of carrying out the AOS along with the methods of sampling and survey design were highlighted by Dr. Devesh Roy, resource person from the IFPRI. Dr. Roy stressed on the importance of attribution and to quantify the development, whether it is due to MAGIP or some other project in the same area. The enumerators for the survey were trained on the use of tablets (ASUS) for data collection while simultaneously reviewing the questionnaires for the survey.
The pre-testing of the survey questionnaires was also done in Rekhey village under Samdrup Jongkhar. The pre-testing was done in two phases; the first phase was the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) where one of the enumerators (involved in conduct of the earlier AOS) facilitated the FGD as a demonstration to the other enumerators. Thereafter, all the enumerators conducted household level interviews using the tablet. In the later hours, views and the experiences from the participants were exchanged to crosscheck and make necessary corrections.
The sampling of geogs and Dzongkhags to be surveyed was randomly selected and groups assigned for the respective Dzongkhags to be surveyed. Extension officials trained as enumerators during the workshop would carry out the survey tentatively from March 9-25.
Reported by Sangay Choda, Project Support Officer and Karma Wangmo, Knowledge Management Officer, CARLEP
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