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2015 Mali: Impact Evaluation of Dubai CARES WASH in Schools Initiative in Mali



Author: Victoria Trinies (MPH), Sabah Ghulamali, Matthew C. Freeman (MPH, PhD)

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Background:

This report presents key output, outcome, and impact findings from an evaluation of the Dubai Cares Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools Initiative in Mali (DCIM). This program, funded by the philanthropic foundation Dubai Cares and implemented by CARE Mali, Oxfam GB, Save the Children US, UNICEF-Mali, and WaterAid Mali, provided a comprehensive suite of school WASH infrastructure,
supplies, behavior change and training activities to 916 primary and secondary schools across Mali with outreach into the surrounding communities.

We conducted a matched control evaluation to assess the impact of the DCIM program on pupil absence and health. Data were collected from 100 beneficiary schools participating in the DCIM program and 100 comparison schools in the same educational districts with similar WASH conditions and school population size.

Purpose/Objective:

The purpose of this evaluation was to quantify the impact of the DCIM program on the educational achievement and health status of students in beneficiary schools. As a secondary objective, program output and outcome data were also collected in order to determine the success and sustainability of the program at achieving implementation targets and promoting behavior change.
 
Few studies have assessed the impacts of school WASH on health and education attainment using rigorous methodology. Of the few existing studies, none have attempted to quantify impacts at the scale of the country-wide DCIM program. A rigorous evaluation of the health and educational impacts of the program will therefore provide a valuable contribution to the global knowledge base of school WASH impacts and contribute to global advocacy efforts for WASH in schools.

Methodology:

We conducted a matched control evaluation to assess the impact of the DCIM program on pupil absence and health. Data were collected from 100 beneficiary schools participating in the DCIM program and 100 comparison schools in the same educational districts with similar WASH conditions and school population size.



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Report information

Year:
2015

Country:
Mali

Region:
WCARO

Theme:
Water and Environmental Sanitation

Type:
Evaluation

Partners:
UNICEF, WaterAid, CARE, Oxfam, and Save the Children

Language:
English

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