The Superior Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) at the University of Ouagadougou, with support from the Japanese Government and the World Bank, is implementing a pilot Community Monitoring Project (CMP) which aims to increase the quality and quantity of health and education services through empowering, capacitating, and stimulating individuals and communities to demand good governance and through increasing transparency and accountability of service providers.
This pilot targets 18 health facilities and 18 schools in nine poor rural municipalities in three of Burkina Faso's thirteen administrative regions. To provide evidence on project impacts and on the mechanisms through which these are achieved, the CMP includes an experimental impact evaluation. The evaluation uses a cluster-randomized controlled design, with 36 health facilities and 36 primary schools randomly assigned to either the treatment or control group.
The study was designed to answer the following research questions: 1. What are the impacts of the community monitoring intervention on health and education service delivery and on human development outcomes? 2. Do these impacts differ across health and education services? 3. How does the level of social capital within communities affect the outcomes of community monitoring? 4. Does the community monitoring intervention build informal institutions (social capital)?
Baseline data was collected in July 2011 and February 2012. Data was collected from 36 health facilities, 36 primary schools, 3,840 households, and \"lab-in-field\" behavioral activities in 67 villages with 1,000 participants.
The World Bank. Burkina Faso - Community Monitoring and Evaluation for Better Health and Education Services Delivery - Baseline Survey 2011-2012. The World Bank, Washington DC, USA (2013) 419 pp.