Despite enthusiasm for using mobile phones for nutrition service delivery, reviews have found very few studies that critically assessed their application. A major shortcoming of the existing studies has been that they were all based on small one-off pilot projects, and integration into national nutrition strategies or programmes, along with all the difficulties entailed, were minimal or non-existent. As a result of this lack of integration, the sustainability of mobile phone-based nutrition systems was generally low, and most projects ceased to exist after the pilot.
This evaluation, done in partnership with IDS, set out to rigorously evaluate the piloting of a mobile phone application for nutrition service delivery, including community-based growth monitoring and nutrition counselling in Indonesia. Itad provided support and expertise to develop the framework for the realist evaluation and process tracing aspects of the evaluation, elaborating a process-tracing mechanism and creating draft CMO configurations.
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