Innovation Phase Impact Evaluation in selected Seqota Declaration Woredas: Baseline Household Survey, 2018

Id EPHI-DS0031
Name Innovation Phase Impact Evaluation in selected Seqota Declaration Woredas: Baseline Household Survey, 2018
Format .dta
Coverage Location Districts (Woredas)
Coverage Sex Both

This baseline survey aims to achieve different objectives. First provides baseline estimates of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and other measures of outcomes and intervention coverage. Second, it assesses baseline knowledge, attitude, and practices of caregivers related to maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MICYN), WASH, and other relevant practices. Third, it aims to identify current household-level exposure to key front-line worker platforms for social behavior change communication (SBCC) and other Seqota Declaration innovations (SD) (e.g. HEW, ADA, etc.).The baseline household survey was conducted from February – April 2018 in 13 of the 33 SD Innovation Phase woredas. The study woredas were purposively selected in cooperation with the PDUs to reflect those with high potential for successful implementation and impact. A total of 2,696 households were interviewed. Eligible population groups for the survey included the male or female household head, pregnant women and lactating women 15-49 years, mothers or caregivers of children 0-59 months, and children 0-59 months.

The SD phase 1 baseline survey findings reaffirm that the Tekeze River Basin is an area of high need and in turn, high potential for impact on stunting and other outcomes if strategies are effectively scaled up. Besides, poor diet quality among both PLW and children 6-23 months reflects the general food insecurity of households in the areas and in particular the low production of fruits and vegetables and animal source foods by small holder farmers. Households that have small land access and/or are headed by females or individuals with low education are particularly vulnerable. Knowledge of good practices for child feeding is generally high but households lack resources to implement practices. Cultural practices including ritual fasting by PLW and the lack of ASF available for children during fasting season likely also contribute to poor diet and should be addressed through the SBCC movement.

One of the key cross-cutting findings is that households in the surveyed areas are not coming into contact with the front-line workers from the health and agricultural sectors who are intended to deliver interventions, nor are they participating in the community groups and platforms or engaging with social media. The PDU must invest time and resources into diagnosing and addressing the problems in these crucial delivery infrastructures on both the supply and community demand sides. Community Labs can help generate effective solutions to many of these issues.

A second cross-cutting finding is that communities and households lack essential infrastructure and access to technologies. Most households access small amounts of land for cultivation. Small-scale irrigation and other agricultural technologies are essential to promote productivity. Strategic investment particularly in agricultural technologies like irrigation could have large benefits for food security and dietary quality if households produce and consume micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and raise small animals. Latrines and water access points are needed to promote WASH which has a relatively small impact on stunting but is important for overall child health and wellbeing. However, all of these technologies must be accompanied by engagement with front-line workers and other community mobilization strategies to ensure they benefit the most vulnerable members of the households by improving the diets and health of PLW and young children.

Through PDU oversight, Community Lab innovations, and the SBCC movement, SD Phase 1 is well designed to take on these two cross-cutting challenges and to ultimately reach the SD vision of food access and healthy development for all Ethiopians.

Additional Material No
  • Baseline survey
  • Infants and young children
  • Exclusive Breastfeeding
  • Complementary Feeding
  • Diet of pregnant and lactating women
  • Hand washing
  • Agriculture
  • Secota Declaration plan
  • child under-nutrition
  • woredas
  • Ethiopia
Recommended Yes
Cleaned Yes
Cleaned Format . csdb
RawFormat . csdb
Date Data Collection Started 2018-02-01
Date Data Collection End 2018-04-01
Title Innovation Phase Impact Evaluation in selected Seqota Declaration Woredas: Baseline Household Survey, 2018
Data Type Survey
PublicationYear 2018



This data set captures information on the nutritional status of infants and young children, household-level food access/food security status, coverage of priority household-level interventions (nutrition-specific, nutrition-sensitive, SBCC) and background characteristics of households (e.g. SES; infrastructure) used to provide estimates of key indicators at the start of the SD Phase 1 implementation. The dataset also includes information used to assess baseline knowledge, attitude, and practices of caregivers related to exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, the diet of pregnant and lactating women, hand washing, culturally rooted feeding practices (men eating first, fasting among pregnant and lactating women and young children). Moreover, it also captures information on health extension workers, agricultural extension workers (Development Agents), and the development army in order to identify the current level of household exposure to key delivery platforms for SBCC and other SD innovations.

Dataset study design Longitudinal
Date Data Archived 2019-09-30
Date Data Cataloged 2020-03-19
Data Generating Unit Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate
URL https://rtds.ephi.gov.et/public/showdetail/31


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