Research


University of Johannesburg: Centre for African Studies

 
Following the launch of the pilot project and to evaluate the impact of the in-school feeding programme, the Foundation engaged with the University of Johannesburg: Centre for African Studies to undertake independent research to measure the value, effect and mechanics of the programme. Three primary key success factors are under evaluation;

  • What impact has the programme had on the nutritional status of the children;
  • Has the programme influenced school attendance levels;
  • Measure the impact on school performance by evaluating changes in the average grades of learners over the year.

 
Secondary objectives to the research are;

  1. Determine school development benefits associated with the programme;
  2. Determine social benefits associated with the programme;
  3. Identify key areas of challenge related to the programme.

The research was conducted from August 2011 to July 2012. The full report and summary are available to download.

Download:
Research Report March 2013  |  Filesize: 3,4 mb
The Tiger Brands Foundation Presentation 8 March 2013  |  Filesize: 1,5 mb


Social Surveys

 
There are a number of feeding programmes happening throughout South Africa. In most cases, the programmes differ significantly in approach, impact/value, communities, food offering and logistics. There is no data/research currently available that provides a comprehensive view of school-going children. A survey of this nature could guide existing and future in-school feeding programmes. Social Surveys have been engaged to conduct such a survey focussed on;

  • What organisations are involved in feeding children of school going age;
  • Where are the feeding programmes being offered;
  • How are the individual programmes funded, co-ordinated and managed;
  • What model of feeding is offered;
  • What ages are targeted (ECD/crèches, pre-primary, primary and secondary).

The report was completed in June 2012. Please contact the Tigerbrands Foundation
+27 11 840 4654 (foundation@thetigerbrandsfoundation.com) should you require further information.


Monitoring & Evaluation

 
Beyond independent research, a further key element required to create a replicable model for in-school breakfast feeding requires accurate reporting, up to date data and real time information. The team of Provincial Coordinators and the school principals monitor the schools to track the in-school feeding and its mechanics. However in Alex and Limpopo, School Monitors (unemployed out-of-school youth) within the community assist this monitoring on a part-time basis working daily at each of the 13 schools from 07h00 – 08h30.

Mobenzi Technology has been loaded onto standard cell phones and issued to the Provincial Coordinators, school principals and school monitors. The application was designed specifically to measure various elements of the in-school feeding and school monitors follow pre-loaded questions. This data is transferred directly to the Foundation from which reports can be extrapolated to provide;

  • Up to date real time reporting;
  • Create a profile on each project site (school);
  • Indirectly manages the Project Coordinators and School Monitors (the technology includes a GPS component showing the location of the monitor at the time of reporting);
  • Provide accurate reports on food delivery, preparation, hygiene and performance.
  • Supply current data on factors that may hinder the delivery of the in-school breakfast feeding programme (water, electricity, gas etc);
  • The NSNP lunch is also monitored and the reports are shared with the Department of Education (NSNP).