Measuring Impact

During the last 27 years, FXB International has developed 168 FXBVillages across nine countries: Burundi, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Mongolia, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uganda. It has helped more than 84,000 people escape extreme poverty.

Harvard FXB Center LogoWe know that we cannot improve what we cannot measure. Therefore, FXB has implemented a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system, which has been developed and refined by an experienced team of field staff, specialists, and experts from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

Through the FXB Field Education Internship Program, FXB is committed to strengthening FXB’s monitoring and evaluation system to build a stronger evidence base for the FXBVillage Model.

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Since the early 2000s, the FXBVillage Model has been widely evaluated, and has demonstrated a real impact on children’s social and health outcomes. Highlights of various external evaluations include:

  • In 2007, the Human Sciences Research Council conducted an external evaluation of the FXBVillage Model and demonstrated that participating children enroll, remain and advance in school at higher rates than their peers, and that 86 percent of participating families live above the poverty line four years after the program’s completion. Download report. 
  • From January 2012 to January 2014, three follow-up external evaluations were conducted on the FXBVillage in Burundi. The studies were conducted one, two, and three years after the program’s completion. The evaluations concluded that 98.2 percent of the participating children regularly attended school, 93.7 percent of the households ate two or more times per day, and 88.9 percent of the children under 5 years old had normal mid-upper arm circumference measurements. Also, the families were able to save 207,000 Burundian francs per year (roughly $132 USD). Download report.
  • In 2014, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) applied their multidimensional poverty index towards data collected three years after the completion of FXBVillage in Uganda. The evaluation found that former FXB beneficiaries were less poor than their peers, even three years after graduation. Former FXB participants were concluded to be better off in various indicators: house and land ownership, savings, access to child immunization, food diversity, and improved water sources. Download report.
  • In 2015, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University compared the status of 1,500 FXB beneficiary households from Rwanda and Uganda before and after program completion by sampling households surveyed as part of the national Demographic Health Surveys. The evaluation concluded that the FXBVillage programs induced marked improvements related to economic security, health, nutrition, access to safe water and sanitation, psychosocial wellbeing, participation and educational resources. Download report.

FXB continues to build partnerships to support us in strengthening our monitoring and evaluation system.