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Assessing Impact of Development Programmes on Food Security

This e-learning course on Qualitative Methods for Assessing the Impact of Development Programmes on Food Security will contribute to technical capacity building on the application of qualitative methods for food security impact assessment of development programmes. By promoting a common methodological approach and a set of practical tools, the objective of the course is therefore to provide guidance and to assist programme managers and monitoring and evaluation officers on how to use qualitative methods in conducting the assessment of food security and nutrition impact of development programmes.


The target audience for this course includes both users and generators of information on programme impact:

  • Programme managers and designers;
  • Monitoring and evaluation officers;
  • External evaluators;
  • Government officials, donors and other decision makers.


The total course consists of 11 lessons, ranging from approximately 40 to 90 minutes duration each, grouped into 3 units:

Unit 1 Assessing Programme Impact on Food Security

  • Lesson 1.1 Introduction to Impact Assessment
  • Lesson 1.2 Food Security Concepts and Frameworks
  • Lesson 1.3 Programme Design Implications
  • Lesson 1.4 Impact Assessment in Programme Design

Unit 2 Methods and Approaches for Assessing Impact

  • Lesson 2.1 Overview of Methods and Approaches
  • Lesson 2.2 Quantitative Methods: Household Surveys
  • Lesson 2.3 Quantitative Methods: Secondary Data
  • Lesson 2.4 Qualitative Methods
  • Lesson 2.5 Selecting Methods and Approaches

Unit 3 Interpreting and Communicating Results

  • Lesson 3.1 Analysing and Interpreting Impact Data
  • Lesson 3.2 Documenting and Reporting Results

FAO et al
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