Fonkoze’s research partner, England’s Institute of Development Studies, conducted before and after surveys of 600 participating families and 750 non-participants to gain insight into the difference the program makes. A complementary study of a large number of detailed participant profiles added nuance to the finding.
Results of the study were both encouraging and instructive. The program was found to impact key indicators of child well-being significant. In addition to the improvements in nutrition that were direct consequences of increases in income, the program significantly improved important child development factors like maternal mental health and school attendance rates.