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RFP for Conducting Endline Evaluation of project–“Marriage–No Child’s Play” under More than Brides Alliance

RFP for Conducting Endline Evaluation of project–“Marriage–No Child’s Play” under More than Brides Alliance

Organization: Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA)

Apply By: 10 Aug 2020

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To conduct a detailed End line evaluation of the project – “Marriage – No Child’s Play” under More than Brides Alliance Project in 2 Blocks of East and West Champran District of Bihar to assess the improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the adolescents (both boys and girls), their parents and other community stakeholders. 

About the Organization:

Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA) is a Secular and non-profit making organization. It is an association of Social Development Organisations, Charitable Hospitals and Health Centres. BVHA assists in making community health a reality for all the people of Bihar with priority for the less privileged millions, with their involvement & participation through the voluntary health sector. Goal of the BVHA is to have a healthy community through community health action, by promoting social justice in the provision & distribution of health care.  

Background:

Child marriage is a complex issue and has several negative consequences. Bihar – an eastern state of India, is characterized by chronically high fertility rates and consequently poor health outcomes, along with low levels of development, per capita income, and women’s status. Moreover, young girls in Bihar typically experience early marriage, early childbearing, poor pregnancy care, and very low rates of modern contraceptive use. In a study on child marriage in the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand respondents were asked what they considered was an appropriate age at marriage, and more than 40% said that a girl should be married when she reaches adulthood. While young girls lack viable alternatives to early marriage, both girls and boys face limited options for educational and economic attainment.

Recognizing the need for more concerted efforts, Bihar Voluntary Health Association with support from More than Brides Alliance has designed a project “Marriage No Child’s Play (MNCP)” in the districts of East and West Champaran of Bihar to address the most critical factor of child marriage in the region. The long term objective of the program is to ensure that the ‘young people are able to decide if and when to marry and pursue their SRHR in supportive environment’. The seven expected outcomes of the program are:

  • Young people are better informed about SRHR including adverse effects of child marriage and empowered to voice their needs and rights.
  • Increased access to formal education for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage
  • Increased access to economic opportunities for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage, and their families
  • Increased access to child protection systems for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage
  • Increased utilization of SRHR services that are responsive to the needs of the young people. Particularly, girls at risk, and affected by child marriage
  • Increased engagement and collective social action against child marriage and in support of ASRHR
  • Supportive rights-based legal and policy environment against child marriage

The implementation of the project was started since November of 2016 and will be ended in the month of December 2020. The program has experienced lot of changes in the knowledge attitude and practices of the adolescent girls, boys, parents, community stakeholders, faith-based leaders etc. and there are still some areas where there is much scope for changes. There are lot of existing social norms in the region which perpetuates early marriages in the region where the project interventions helps in improving such norms.

Scope of work:

End-line Evaluation in the context of the Project

  • The main aim of the study is to provide BVHA with detailed end line data on key project indicators and to measure the changes in comparison to baseline data in girls’ and boys’ lives related to girl’s empowerment, SRHR information, life skill education, economic empowerment, parent’s attitude etc.
  • In addition, the Endline study will compare the baseline data and how the project interventions helped in changing the status.
  • The consultant will be given the baseline questions and they will be used as endline questions. It is also expect from the consultant to catch the any other important observations or findings. Also COVID-19 pandemic may affect the project outcomes, which can be highlighted.

Methodology:

The KAP study will combine both quantitative and qualitative methods with consideration but not limited to the following:

Structured questionnaire

Quantitative method includes structured questionnaire for a sample survey to assess population knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding early marriage and child rights in the targeted areas. An appropriate sampling technique should be applied to determine an appropriate sample of respondents to generate representative conclusions.

Focus Group Discussion

Qualitative methods such a focus group discussion, dialogues will be undertaken to generate in-depth understanding of data collected using quantitative methods. Focus Group Discussions should be held in the same communities and will involve 5 to 10 respondents each by maintaining COVID-19 protocols and Govt. directives. It may be virtual meetings which can be assisted by the consultant. Respondents of the survey are expected to include married and unmarried girls and boys, parents

Target group

  • Married Adolescent girls <18 yrs
  • Married Adolescent Boys < 21 yrs
  • Un-married Adolescent girls < 15 yrs
  • Un-married Adolescent girls 15 – 18 yrs
  • Un-married Adolescent Boys < 21 yrs
  • Fathers of adolescent girls & boys
  • Mothers of adolescent girls and boys
  • PRI members

One to One in-depth interview:

  • To explore the existing legal and policy level gaps related to early marriage, in-depth one-to-one interviews with the related stakeholders will be conducted with institutional stakeholders including government officials.
  • Block level Officials: Block Development Officer, PRI members, Health Service providers, Block health Manager / MOIC, Block education officer.
  • District level: member of District Child Protection Committee, child marriage protection officer, Civil Surgeon, Sub divisional officer, District Program Manager, District Education Officer and other related officials.
  • Data gathered through the different methods will be triangulated.

Sampling:

  • Adolescent girls, boys (both married and un-married) and their parents are the major targets for KAP baseline study. For enabling environment, the stakeholders will be school teachers, PRI members, child protection committee members, Govt. officials at Block and District level to understand the implementation gap of the scheme related to girls empowerment – education, skill development, legal framework etc.
  • The proposed project has been implemented in 34 villages, 7 Panchayats, 2 Blocks in 2 Districts. The sample should be in such so that it represents the community. Caste wise, religion wise data gathering should be ensured for each and every target groups.

Target Groups

  • Married Adolescent girls <15 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Married Adolescent girls 15 - 18 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Married Adolescent Boys < 21 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Un-married Adolescent girls < 15 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Un-married Adolescent girls 15 – 18 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Un-married Adolescent Boys < 15 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Un-married Adolescent Boys 15 - 21 yrs In school and Out of School
  • Fathers of adolescent girls & boys
  • Mothers of adolescent girls and boys

Sample design and size

  • A stratified cum purposive sampling should be undertaken. While the sample should be based on the pre-defined stratification target (18 categories) effort would be undertaken to further stratify them based on ethnicity, religion, income and education levels . To adhere to the stratification mix, a purposive sampling should be done. BVHA team will help to identify at candidates under the different target groups out of which the samples will be picked randomly. This will automatically result in validation of sample.
  • Sample size for quantitative analysis and FGDs as well as IDIs:

Questionnaire Design

Questionnaire should be same as in baseline but it may include any further questions to measure the improvements.

Baseline Survey report outline

The report will be structured as follows:

  • Title Page – name and location of the programme or project, data of the survey, one-line title describing the survey.
  • Table of Contents,
  • Acronyms and Acknowledgements
  • Executive Summary
  • Background This section will include a. Introduction b. National and regional context c. Programme or project context: d. Rationale for the survey clearly stating the objectives and main research questions e. Methods including study population and area describe the target population and subpopulations f. Sample design: describing the approach used for determining the final sample size and selecting respondents. g. Data collection: details about the tools and approaches, the rationale for selection of methods, procedures for safeguarding, ethics, and quality assurance. h. Data management and analysis i. Limitations: describe any limitations to the implementation of the survey, analysis or interpretation of findings
  • Findings a. Socio-demographic findings: present data on socio-demographic characteristics of the study population. b. KAP findings: Basic descriptive analysis of key variables related to knowledge, attitudes and practices (including analysis by sub-population if applicable). c. Additional findings: some in-depth analysis of research questions including any cross-tabulations of KAP and socio-demographic data will be presented ; any information which may have surfaced during the survey or during formative research, or in the context of a wider study will be included. FGD and Direct Interviews will be collated and analysed in the context of quantitative analysis.
  • Conclusions This section should provide an interpretation of the survey findings based on analyses and validation exercises with stakeholders and members of the study population.
  • Recommendations Include recommendations for BVHA in implementing the project.

Quality Control: Throughout the course of the study, agreed upon mechanisms between the consultant and BVHA will be put in place for ensuring quality of work is maintained and that the end results are credible and reliable.

Expected Deliverables:

The expected deliverables include:

  • Tools for Survey (questionnaires, guidelines): KAP, FGD and Interview question.
  • Detail calendar of the activities.
  • Filtered Data in SPSS or Excel and filled FGD tools.
  • Draft Study Report: This will be shared with back donors and implementing partners and inputs should be considered in the final report.
  • Final Report and PPT for endline process and major findings, recommendations etc.

Timeline: The survey data should be collected, filtered and final finding report should be prepared and send to BVHA by 30th September 2020.

Duration of baseline survey: 2 months

Proposed Assignment Cost

  • Rs 3,00,000 inclusive of all expenses like travel, accommodation, training of data enumerators etc.(Payments are subject to liable of tax deduction as per the Govt. norm).

Proposed Terms of Payment

  • 40% on signing of contract
  • 40% on submission of draft report
  • 20% on submission of Final Report + database form the KAP survey + list of FGDs with number and main characteristics of participants + list of IDIs with name and position of the person interviewed and final PPT of the findings

Deadline: 10th August, 2020

Email id: bvhapatna@gmail.com

 
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