The Impact Evaluation of United in Building Life Expectations (UBALE) was a governance project currently which was implemented in Blantyre, Chikwawa and Nsanje districts. This work was contracted to IPOR by our client, the University of Notre Dame. It involved gathering and delivering of data to our client to be the basis for formulation of benchmark indicators.

The project did an assessment of the impact of implementation on the following six major outcome variables at the lower level of social organization in Malawi:

  • Village-level development in village
  • Administrative indicators 
  • Information delivery (transparency variable)
  • Fairness 
  • Competence
  • Coordination

The Impact Evaluation of UBALE governance project was designed to be done in three phases:

Phase 1: Baseline Survey (to construct benchmarks for midline and end line evaluation)

Phase 2: Midline Evaluation

Phase 3: End Line Evaluation

Fieldwork for baseline evaluation was undertaken between August 8 and August 23, 2015 and comprised two components:

  • Villager Survey which interviewed randomly selected respondents comprising a sample of over 2,800 in all the three districts
  • Village Development Committee (VDC) Survey involved interviewing the Group Village Headmen, Village Development Committee members and other committee members from the Natural Resource Management Committee, Village Civil Protection Committee and Youth Club.

It is interesting that as an institution we managed to collect quality data for our clients.

The study team comprised Dr. Boniface Dulani (Principal Investigator); Mr. Peter Beza and Ms. Hannah Swila (Field Managers) and 12 teams of 4 members each.

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