SABAL Nepal -Post Impact Evaluation


Generating Evidence of Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Impacts of Resilience and Food Security Program (SABAL) in Nepal

Nepal Public Health Research and Development Centre (PHRD Nepal) is currently conducting an impact assessment study of the SABAL (Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security) program, which has been implemented by Save the Children and its partner organizations (ACTION FAIM, CARE, Hellen Keller, LI-BIRD, Nepal Water for Health, Nepal Technical Assistance Group, and TANGO). The program was funded by USAID/Food for Peace and operated in partnership with the Government of Nepal, specifically the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Health, Federal Affairs, Forest and Environment, and Home Affairs, as well as provincial government line agencies/Thematic offices and local governments (municipalities). The SABAL program spanned a period of five years, from 2014 to 2019, and was implemented in 11 districts within the Bagmati and Koshi provinces of Nepal. The objective of this study is to evaluate the performance and impact of the project, specifically focusing on its outcomes after two years of completion. The SABAL program aimed to enhance the resilience of impoverished and vulnerable households through food security and climate change adaptation measures. This study holds great significance as it will generate valuable insights for the program’s internal purposes. In order to comprehensively assess the project, various evaluation methods have been employed. Throughout the study, we are committed to upholding the ethical standards outlined by the ethical board.


The assessment will employ cross-sectional descriptive study design using concurrent mixed methods both quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative study will be conducted using household survey using simple random sampling and qualitative data will be collected purposively through focus group discussion (FGD) from program beneficiaries. In addition, key informant interview (KII) will be acquired from the project and government line agencies while partner survey will be done with members of consortium. Moreover, field observation and case stories will be carried out along with extensive literature review. Total of 319 sample size will be taken from study population from selected municipalities in Okhaldhunga, Udayapur and Makwanpur districts including 248 household, 45 KII, 12 FGD, 8 partner survey and 6 observation or case study. The quantitative data will be collected using KOBO toolbox whilst qualitative data will be acquired using semi structured questionnaire, interview, guidelines and photo. Quantitative data will be analyzed using SPSS whereas qualitative findings will be analyzed using content and domain analysis, identifying key themes and documenting related points and stories.


The study assesses the SABAL project’s effectiveness and impact on food security and resilience in vulnerable communities. It compares data with baseline and end-line studies, benefiting governments and development partners for future integrated projects.

Team Leader

Ms. Surya Binod Pokharel

Dr. Deependra Thapa

Dr. Janak Thapa

Ms. Pragya Pokharel

Ms. Tanuja Joshi

Ms. Pabitra Magar

Duration: July 2023 to 30th November 2023

Partner: Save the Children


Posted on

September 3, 2023