Design of a collaborative monitoring and evaluation system for a community-based nutrition project in rural Bangladesh

Yunhee Kang, Mokryeon Cho, Md Mezanur Rahman, Yoonho Cho, Seungheon Han, Makhan L. Dutta

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Poor diet and undernutrition are common among children living in Bangladesh. To promote appropriate complementary feeding of young children, an economic development (ED) program involving income-generating asset transfer was implemented alongside a social and behavior change (SBC) program. This paper introduces a collaborative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system in which diverse collaborators (“research group”, “implementation team”, and “coordinators”) facilitate M&E data acquisition by leveraging their comparative advantages. The implementation team built a monitoring system to track the ED (n = 2960) and SBC participants (n=∼10,000) over 12 months. Based on the baseline design and the monitoring records, the collaborators planned an impact evaluation introducing a quasi-experimental design using two cross-sectional surveys and a prospective cohort survey of child feeding and nutritional status. Using various data sources generated from the M&E system, the collaborators will also reveal the program impact pathway through which each intervention component is delivered, received, and utilized alongside the context-specific facilitators and barriers, including the programs’ uptake. The collaborative M&E system enables the sharing of program goals, strengthens collaborators' commitment to the program, and extends the understanding of the program's progress and evaluation activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101892
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Collaborative monitoring and evaluation system
  • Impact evaluation
  • Income generating asset transfer
  • Positive Deviance/Hearth (PD/Hearth)
  • Process evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Business and International Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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