Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis, 3rd Edition – Chapter 16. Food and nutrition program evaluation

Elsevier, Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis (Third Edition): Statistical Methods and Applications, 2022, Pages 575-597
Suresh C. Babu, Shailendra N. Gajanan

Addressing problems of food security and malnutrition requires designing and implementing cost-effective intervention programs. However, much of the programs implemented to do so go beyond the pilot stage. Projects that are not evaluated before scaling up to a large intervention program can fail and waste resources. Evaluating food security and nutrition interventions requires a good understanding of the methods involved and appropriate application of these methods. In this chapter, we review the methods for program evaluation and introduce the reader to the latest development in the field including the randomized control trials that have come to dominate the program evaluation literature.