This impact evaluation grant in Bihar, India was cancelled due to challenges associated with implementing the interventions to be evaluated.
The grant for this impact evaluation has been terminated due to challenges related to implementation of the technological intervention designed to improve accountability and monitoring of a government supported scheme, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
The evaluation sought to assess the impact of the intervention in improving nutritional status of young children and mothers.
India has the largest number of chronically undernourished children in the world, of which a significant proportion are in the north Indian state of Bihar. The ICDS scheme was launched in 1975 with the objective of improving the nutritional and health status of children and mothers across India. The scheme provides a set of nutrition, health and early childhood education related services to children below the age of six, and pregnant and lactating mothers. These service are provided through Anganwadis or community based pre-school centres. Each Anganwadi is served by an Anganwadi Worker, known as sevika, and an Anganwadi Helper, known as sahayika.
The technological intervention called the Integrated Performance Management System (IPMS) aimed at engaging beneficiaries to hold service providers accountable. The intervention was to be piloted in four districts in 2015.