Our focus

Data & evidence

Know what works. To do good, better.

Data drives our decision making. Evidence (from us and others) on what works helps us be more effective for greater impact.

Data collection

Despite research on causes of undernutrition, there is still limited proof of how to most effectively address it. We combine interventions based on the strongest available evidence to positively impact children, and their communities. We also closely track our programmes, to learn what works and ensure maximum impact.

Our programmes have key performance indicators and targets. Examples include regular measurement of child growth, access to clean water, and understanding messages about healthy behaviours. We measure these regularly to ensure we are reaching children and families effectively. We also partner with researchers to prove our impact and understand what is working well and what needs improvement.


Tracking and monitoring

For Bangladesh we developed a ‘Max Payment by Results’ system to link payments to partner NGOs to verified results. This innovative model underpins a focus on outcomes rather than outputs. Our call centre verifies data reported by partners, with every household linked to a mobile phone number.

Data, and the insights that flow from it, should be available to communities and local government so that they can track progress and zoom in on what matters most to them. The tool makes it easy to see where things are going well and where additional support might be needed.

Our impact in data & evidence

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Embracing the Healthy Village Tracker

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No community development effort will be
sustainable unless local government is involved.
In the case of Bangladesh, we work with the Union Parishad (municipality).

We are happy that our Healthy Village Tracker, developed in 2020, is already adopted  by the Chairman of the Jainkathi Union Parishad.

“For achieving a Healthy Village, it is crucial to know the real-time progress of the community and to be aware of the challenges they are facing to achieve their target regarding WASH and Nutrition. With the Healthy Village Tracker, this data can be tracked automatically. Based on this data, the Union Parishad can easily determine what actions need to be performed to improve the health status of the community.” 

Chairman of the Jainkathi Union Parishad.


A sanitation business woman 

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Shahera Khatun is a single mother of 3 children. She also runs her own sanitation business. It requires hard labour, and is more commonly done by men.

Shahera started small a few years ago, and steadily grew her business. She now has expanded to sell a variety of sanitation and hygiene products.

Last year during COVID-19, her business suffered as people couldn’t afford to invest in sanitation. Luckily business is picking up again.

We are happy to see Shahera’s business grow!