The Hunger Project occasionally contracts independent external evaluators to critically examine the impact of our programs. External impact assessments provide The Hunger Project with transparent and objective reviews of our projects, which help inform program management decisions. These external reports not only validate our work, but make valuable suggestions and provide best practices that can be shared with stakeholders and other development practitioners.
For example, the 2009 Uganda Assessment, A Change to Believe In delivers a compelling analysis of our work in the country, identifies the ways in which The Hunger Project seen as distinctive among other organizations doing similar work, and points to key areas for growth. Similarly, The United Nations Democracy Fund’s evaluation highlights the effectiveness of our programs in India to strengthen women’s participation and leadership in democracy.
In 2008, a long-term longitudinal study of the impact of our scale-up program in Ghana was begun by a team of researchers from Yale University, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the University of Ghana. This randomized control trial includes a pre-Hunger Project intervention baseline survey of approximately 4,000 households with over 20,000 individuals and a follow-up survey of the same households to be conducted over a five year period to measure successes and evaluate The Hunger Project practice. (Find out more on IPA’s website.)