The randomized impact evaluation of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) is supported with assistance from the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) of the Government of Afghanistan, and is being conducted in cooperation with the Vulnerability Analysis Unit (VAU).
The randomized impact evaluation of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) is a multi-year study designed to rigorously assess the impact of the NSP and test potential refinements to strategies of program implementation. The study involves 500 villages in 10 districts in northern, eastern, central, and western Afghanistan. Half of the villages participating in the study have been selected to participate in the NSP program over the next two years, while the other half serve as a control group. Outcomes of interest are tracked by a series of household and focus group surveys administered in all 500 villages and by monitoring exercises undertaken at key stages of program implementation.
The purpose of this website is to provide a portal for disseminating resources and information concerning the study for the benefit of interested agencies and individuals. Included in this website are papers and presentations outlining the methodology of the study and describing relevant summary statistics from the baseline survey and monitoring exercises, the set of survey instruments employed in the baseline survey in the summer of 2007 and in subsequent exercises to monitor CDC elections and sub-project selection procedures in the NSP evaluation communities, data from the baseline survey and monitoring exercises (coming soon), maps of districts surveyed by the study, and links to websites of partner organizations and agencies.