FANTA worked with the USAID Bureau for Food Security and the Office of Food for Peace to develop a sampling guide to help USAID program implementers conduct beneficiary-based surveys as a way of collecting data for select Feed the Future agricultural annual monitoring indicators. Beneficiary-based surveys are typically used in the context of project monitoring to ensure that project implementation is rolling out as expected and that project interventions are on track for achieving their intended outcomes and targets in the direct beneficiary population. The results of such monitoring exercises can be used to inform decisions about project strategies and to make corrections to project components if monitoring data show that they are not on track.
While Feed the Future implementing partners should, when possible, collect data in support of agriculture-related annual monitoring indicators through routine monitoring systems, there are various scenarios that may necessitate conducting periodic beneficiary-based surveys to collect these data. This guide provides a technical roadmap for those wanting to design, plan, and implement beneficiary-based surveys under such scenarios and focuses on select Feed the Future indicators that are considered more challenging in terms of data collection.
In addition to the guide, an Excel-based tool is available to calculate sample sizes for beneficiary-based surveys that collect data for agricultural annual monitoring indicators that are estimates of totals.