Evaluation of Plantwise Kenya: 12-month Follow-up Report
Published: September, 2016
The purpose of this document is to report on the follow-up data collection and analysis for the evaluation of Plantwise Kenya American Institutes for Research (AIR), with support from American University and Research Solutions Africa (RSA), is conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of PW-K. Qualitative methods are used to assess the changes that PW-K brings to the Kenyan plant health system and evaluate the fidelity of the Plantwise implementation in the field. Quantitative methods are used to identify farm-level impacts using an experimental approach based on the expansion of plant clinics in 2014 and 2015 in 13 counties in the country. The data collection plan envisioned baseline data and two rounds of follow-up data (at 12 and 36 months) using the mixed-methods approach. Baseline data were collected in 2014 and have been analysed in a previous report. The first round of follow-up data were collected in 2015 and is analysed in this report.
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