A 2-day Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) training was organized at Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan by Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP). As per the MAGIP design and project financing agreement, the project is required to undertake Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) commencing second year of the project. The AOS for MAGIP with grant support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in New Delhi, India is planned from March 7-24th, 2014 in selected project areas using hand held devices Nexus 7 tablet. Broadly the objectives of the AOS are to:
• Measure changes at the household level in terms of livelihoods and food security during the project period
• Assess target efficiency
• Provide evidences for the success or failure of project
• Provide timely performance information necessary to undertake corrective actions.
The first day of the training saw 13 renewable natural resources (RNR) extension staff with previous experience of AOS review, discuss and agree on the questionnaires. The extension staff were trained on the use of hand held device (Nexus 7 tablet) for the survey. Dr. Devesh Roy and Mr. Vijay Sonkar of IFPRI are the resource persons for the training. The enumerators pre-tested the questionnaires in Deothang on 8th March 2014 prior to the actual survey to be done in Mongar, Pema Gatshel and Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags. The survey will cover 200 households (HHs) each in the project and non-project area. The survey is expected to take a fortnight and targeted to be completed by 3rd week of March 2014. In Bhutan, particularly for IFAD funded projects, this will be the first survey to be conducted using an electronic gadget which is expected to reduce paper and printing cost vis-à-vis reducing time spent for the actual survey thereby improving data collection efficiency. The data analysis will be done collaboratively with the support of IFPRI.
From MAGIP, the Project Director, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer and Marketing Officer (MO) with previous experience of AOS from the Regional Marketing and Cooperatives Office (RAMCO) in Mongar are jointly coordinating and facilitating the conduct of AOS training, pre-testing and survey.