School Nutrition Programme of BRAC and Banchte Shekha: Midline Report

This study is a process evaluation of the School Nutrition Programme (SNP) which assesses the program implementation process and analyzes the effectiveness of its operations and service delivery. Four issues were considered for exploration: monitor community engagement and their activities, observe health and hygiene practices at home and school, look at the procurement and supply of the system, and determine the amount of served food and its nutrient compositions. Like the baseline, this study also collected data from two implementing organizations-BRAC and Banchte Shekha. This study aims to assess how effectively the program is being implemented in the field. Qualitative techniques like focus group discussion (FGD), in-depth interviews, and observation were applied for data collection. Three different samples were collected from BRAC rural, urban, and Banchte Shekha working areas. Community people, school management committee (SMC) and mother’s club members, parents, program and kitchen staff, and local vendors were considered as respondents. Besides, observations in the kitchen and school provided ample information on health and hygiene practices. Findings revealed that, after continuing for six months, the program staff was able to build a good rapport with different stakeholders that increased their confidence to run their activities smoothly. School authorities and parents seemed to be happy with the quality of food served, while less variation in the menu (especially in urban areas) created monotony. Additionally, in rural areas, less use of sanitary latrines might produce and spread germs. After having some experience, regular monitoring and integration with health/nutrition and WASH programs can be included to derive more benefits from SNP.

Authors: Afroze, Rifat; Mia, Md. Moslem Uddin
Type: Report
Year: 2013