Post Distribution Monitoring of Cash Based Interventions, September 2020
Other Household Survey [hh/oth]
This Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM) was initiated by UNHCR’s Sub-Office in Cox’s Bazar to monitor its distribution of cash to refugees as part of a pilot cash programme, as well as to collect the feedback of refugees on the cash distribution itself. It was designed with built-in COVID-19 prevention measures.
UNHCR uses Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) as a mechanism to collect refugees' feedback on the quality, sufficiency, utilization and effectiveness of the assistance items they receive. The underlying principle behind the process is linked to accountability, as well as a commitment to improve the quality and relevance of support provided, and related services. Usually the surveys that form the basis of the assessment are conducted soon after the distribution of relief items is completed.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
v2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for licensed distribution.
Receiving and spending the cash assistance (basic facts);
Risks and problems: Did people face problems with the CBI? Did the CBI put POCs at additional risk?;
Markets and prices: Can POCs find what they need, and at a price they can afford, in the markets?;
Expenditure: What did people spend the money on?;
Outcomes: What changes is the cash assistance contributing to in POC households?;
Longer-Term Outcomes: Has the cash assistance helped put POC on the pathway to sustainable solutions?;
Accountability to Affected Persons
Livelihood & Social cohesion
Domestic Needs/Household Support
Rohingya Refugee Response
Cash Based Interventio
9 unions of Cox's Bazar District
The survey universe covered all households subject to CBI in Cox's Bazar 9 districts.
Producers and sponsors
Gender balanced random sampling with no stratification.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Data Collection Notes
For this PDM exercise, due to the limitations placed on the footprint of the humanitarian response in the camps due to COVID-19, the data collection was conducted using phone-based interviews. Four teams of enumerators (each team consisting of 9 enumerators and a team leader) were trained on remote data collection techniques, interview ethics and UNHCR's code of conduct.
- Household demographics,
- Receiving and spending the cash assistance (basic facts);
- Risks and problems: Did people face problems with the CBI? Did the CBI put POCs at additional risk?;
- Markets and prices: Can POCs find what they need, and at a price they can afford, in the markets?;
- Expenditure: What did people spend the money on?;
- Outcomes: What changes is the cash assistance contributing to in POC households?;
- Longer-Term Outcomes: Has the cash assistance helped put POC on the pathway to sustainable solutions?;
- Accountability to Affected Persons
UNHCR (2021). Post Distribution Monitoring of Cash Based Interventions, September 2020. UNHCR Microdata Library: https://microdata.unhcr.org
Archive where study is originally stored
United Nations Refugee Agency Microdata Library
Original Archive Study ID: UNHCR_BGD_2020_PDM_CBI_DDIv1.0
DDI Document ID
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1 (April 2021). This version is identical to UNHCR DDI ID: UNHCR_BGD_2020_PDM_CBI_DDIv1.0 except the following edits were made:
- Minor spelling, grammatical, and formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored