GiveWell: Charity Science Health

IDinsight and the GiveWell supported organization, Charity Science Health, conduct door to door enrollment in the Nagda district in Madhya Pradesh, India.

IDinsight and the GiveWell supported organization, Charity Science Health, conduct door to door enrollment in the Nagda district in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Client: GiveWell
Location: India
Sector: Health
Dates of service: 2017 - current
IDinsight service: Advisory Services and Decision Focused Evaluation
IDinsight contacts: Kevin Kelsey
Status: Active
Detailed GiveWell Project Pages: GiveWell Engagement Overview, New Incentives, Against Malaria Foundation, Beneficiary Preferences


The Problem

In 2015-16, 62% Indian children received basic vaccinations according to the latest national health data. However, India still lags far behind China and many other developed nations. As part of the GiveWell Learning Partnership, IDinsight is partnering with Charity Science: Health (CSH), an Indian-registered NGO that aims to improve vaccination rates in India by sending SMS reminders to caregivers. CSH’s goal is to implement an effective program and demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of this intervention to become a GiveWell Top Charity, which could lead to increased donations enabling CSH to scale its operations.


IDinsight’s long-term goal is to inform GiveWell’s top charity decision on CSH. Given the limited evidence on the impact of SMS reminders on vaccination rates in India, IDinsight plans to conduct a rigorous randomized controlled trial on the intervention’s impact on infant immunization rates.

Evidence Needs


IDinsight Service

Initially, IDinsight is primarily providing advisory services, for example to support CSH in establishing a monitoring system to inform program decisions. In preparation for the RCT, IDinsight will conduct a process evaluation to provide insights into program design and implementation, and to inform GiveWell’s decision on whether to go ahead with an RCT. Once CSH reaches a point of program development and refinement, where it feels that the program is resembling the program at larger scale, IDinsight will conduct an impact evaluation.


Results

Project is ongoing.


Impact

Project is ongoing.


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