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Table 4 Process evaluation objectives, research methods, and program delivery point or study population by program level

From: The impact of integrated prevention and treatment on child malnutrition and health: the PROMIS project, a randomized control trial in Burkina Faso and Mali

Program Level Objectives Research Method Program Delivery Point or Study Population
Program Implementation • Describe the actual implementation of the program and identify potential bottlenecks Semi-structured continuous observations of program activities Burkina Faso: WBC
Mali: Monthly village gathering/point of distribution of SQ-LNS
• Understand key stakeholders’ (frontline health agents) perceptions of specific aspects of the program
• Understand how the program is integrated into the existing health system
• Describe how the program contributes to the implementation of the national protocol
• Describe how the program adds to the frontline health agents’ workload
Individual semi-structured qualitative interviews Burkina Faso: Health staff; community health workers involved in the implementation of the program at the level of the HC
Mali: CHVs directly involved in the implementation of the program
Household & Individual Beneficiary Utilization • Understand mothers’ perception of the program, perceived incentive structure and individual costs of receiving the program
• Understand mothers’ barriers and facilitators to participate in the program
• Understand the perception of mothers of the quality of services at the CSPS/CSCOM
• Understand how mothers translate their knowledge into practice
Individual semi-structured qualitative interviews Burkina Faso & Mali: Mothers of children who are eligible for the program
• Describe individual use of SQ-LNS
• Identify salient program messages for mothers
Group free listing Burkina Faso: Mothers of children who have attended WBC
Mali: Mothers of children who have attended monthly group BCC/SQ-LNS distribution