Impact Evaluation of Narrative Exposure Therapy Project, Baseline Survey, 2017
Congo, Dem. Rep.
This study assesses the impact of a mental health intervention, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), provided to female Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This impact evaluation is one of three assessing the effectiveness of specific interventions to address SGBV in Rwanda, Burundi, and the DRC under the broader Great Lakes Emergency Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Women’s Health Project. It tests the impact of NET treatment on survivors’ mental health, psychosocial well-being, and economic empowerment.
Unit of Analysis
Version 01, edited version with direct identifying variables removed (variables related to names, phone numbers, addresses and GPS coordinates were removed)
The scope of the survey includes the following themes:
- Survey information
- Respondent’s situation,
- Household roster
- Housing and household’s durable goods
- Food Security
- Attitude towards gender norms
- Economic independence
- Decision making
- Problems (mental health measurement)
- Independent operation and participation (local functioning impairment)
- Perception of self-efficacy and self-esteem
- Management of personal problems
- Use of health services
The survey is conducted on a sample of 1053 respondents identified among eligible survivors in participating hospitals, health centers, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) across the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu. 89 participants were identified at the Heal Africa Center of Excellence, 534 participants in CBOs and health institutions (health centers and hospitals) in two health zones (Rutshuru and Kirotshe) in North Kivu and 430 participants in CBOs and health structures in two health zones in South Kivu (Kaniola and Minova). Nearly 76% of the respondents in the sample were identified by the CBOs of the two provinces.
Producers and sponsors
The World Bank
The World Bank
The World Bank
Individuals within each health center or CBO are randomly selected into treatment groups over several cohorts. Throughout the program, survivors were screened by nurses and psychosocial assistants and allocated to three categories: eligible for the program but in urgent need of treatment (these individuals received immediate support); other individuals eligible for the program; and non-eligible individuals. Eligibility criteria included being a woman aged 18 or above, screened by a professional, and diagnosed with PTSD disorder. Although being a survivor of conflict-related violence was not an eligibility condition, the intervention was designed to address the mental health needs of women survivors of sexual violence.
In every cohort, the eligible individuals for the program were assigned to three groups: (i) treatment group that contains six individuals who receives NET, (ii) control group that contains six individuals who had received non-NET psychosocial support in the interim and would receive NET at least 15 months later (after endline data collection), and (iii) waiting list that contains eligible individuals who were not part of the baseline survey at this stage, but three months later, for the next cohort, were entered again into the pool of eligible individuals to be randomized.
The stratification variables used in the randomization are respondent’s treatment cohort and counselor’s id who delivered the treatment to the respondent.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Data Collection Notes
The baseline survey is administered to the treatment and control groups between June 2017 and October 2019. Baseline dataset includes a total of 1,053 women. Only after data collection is completed, the results of the randomization were announced, and individuals in the treatment group in each cohort received NET over the following three months. In the meantime, intake continued for the second cohort of patients, nurses and psychosocial assistants continued to screen survivors. For each new cohort (every three months), the process described started again, but the survivors eligible for the study was formed from the waiting list of the previous cohort plus newly screened eligible individuals.
A follow-up (midline) survey is conducted three months after all cohort survivors had received treatment (around six months after the baseline survey) and the data collection is completed in May 2020. Midline dataset includes data from a total of 989 women. Endline data collection is conducted approximately 12 months after all cohort survivors have received treatment, which is around 15 months after baseline data collection. The data collection for endline is completed in February 2021 and the dataset includes 979 women.
Questionnaires in French were used to collect the data.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Julia Vaillant (The World Bank), Lea Rouanet (The World Bank). Impact Evaluation of Narrative Exposure Therapy Project, Baseline Survey, 2017 (NETIE-BL 2017). Ref: COD_2017-2019_NETIE-BL_v01_M. Downloaded from [uri] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.