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A Mixed-Method Impact Evaluation Design of a Mobile Phone Application for Nutrition Service Delivery in Indonesia

Child under-nutrition remains one of the most devastating realities in many parts of the world. The use of mobile phone technology may offer innovative opportunities to tackle persistently high levels of child under-nutrition.


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.

Our role

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 counseling 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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