UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Millennium Village Impact Evaluation in Northern Ghana, 2012-2015: Special Licence Access

Title details

SN: 7734
Title: Millennium Village Impact Evaluation in Northern Ghana, 2012-2015: Special Licence Access
Alternative title: MVP; SADA-North Ghana Household Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7734-3
Series: Millennium Village Impact Evaluation in Northern Ghana, 2012-
Depositor: Itad Limited
Depositor: Columbia University (New York). Earth Institute
Depositor: DFID-Ghana (Accra)
Principal investigator(s): University of Sussex. Institute of Development Studies
Columbia University (New York). Earth Institute
Data collector(s): MDG Centre West and Central Africa (Senegal)
Sponsor(s): DFID-Ghana (Accra)


The citation for this study is:

University of Sussex. Institute of Development Studies, Columbia University (New York). Earth Institute. (2017). Millennium Village Impact Evaluation in Northern Ghana, 2012-2015: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. 3rd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7734,

Select the text above to add data citation in your outputs.

Select citation format: 
XML citation formats:  CSL  EndNote

Subject Categories

Community and urban studies - Society and culture
Consumer behaviour - Economics
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
General - Health
Migration - Population, vital statistics and censuses
Primary, pre-primary and secondary - Education
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) is a 'proof of concept' project to support African rural communities in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Scientists in agriculture, nutrition and health, economics, energy, water, environment and information technology, working together with communities, local partners, and governments empower and backstop villages to accelerate progress in achieving the MDGs. The concept to prove is that science-based interventions, appropriate local institutions and community participation and empowerment can be combined to achieve the MDGs, within the cost estimates derived by The UN Millennium Project. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided a grant of £11.5 million to implement a new Millennium Village in northern Ghana (distributed via its DFID-Ghana centre, based in Accra). The new MV will run for several years from 2012 to 2017 with interventions targeting a cluster of communities with a total population of around 26,000. In the survey rounds of 2012, 2014 and 2016 the full MVP package of questionnaires were administered by the Earth Institute to track progress on the MDGs. The additional survey rounds of 2013 and 2015 administered a restricted version of the MVP household questionnaire focusing on tracking progress in poverty reduction. Users should note that the current study includes data from Years 0, 1, 2 and 3 of the study, conducted in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The site is located in Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Region in Northern Ghana. It encompasses 34 communities located in three Area Councils, in the poorest sections of two District Assemblies. While MVPs across Africa have established their own monitoring and evaluation systems, designed by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, DFID has requested that the new MVP in northern Ghana be accompanied by an independent evaluation to build on, expand and validate the MVP's own monitoring and evaluation systems. The independent evaluation team of the northern Ghana MVP will use a difference-in-difference (DD) approach, by comparing the change in outcomes in the MVP areas before implementation to post-implementation, with changes in the same outcomes for an explicit control group. DD allows the evaluation to isolate the MVP impact on the MDGs from effects of other variables changing over time.

Further information may be found on the Institute for Development Studies Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation webpage.

For the third edition (July 2017), data and documentation for Year 3 (2015) were added to the study. The accompanying report, Northern Ghana Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation: Preliminary Report on the Fourth Round of Data is now available (note that the fourth round is Year 3).

Main Topics:
The 'SADA-North Ghana Household Survey' is a survey instrument used to collect household-level data from communities in the treatment (MVP), control-near and control-far areas. The instrument covers modules on: the household roster; in-migration; out-migration; education; employment; malaria prevention; food, water and energy security; water use; sanitation; energy use; shocks to household welfare; common property resources, household construction; household assets; consumption and expenditure; savings; other sources of income; credit; land ownership and use; agricultural activities, livestock; animal-based products; social networks; project participation; crime; and, expectations.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 2012 - 2015 - Fieldwork usually runs May-September.
Country: Ghana
Geography: Savannah Accelerated Development Authority Region (SADA)
Spatial units: Regions (Ghana)
Districts (Ghana)
Observation units: Families/households
Kind of data: Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Households in Northern Ghana: the target sample was 750 households (treatment group) and 1,500 households (control group, split between 'near' and 'far' control groups).
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
It is intended that five waves of data will be collected.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting used.

Thesaurus search on keywords

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 14 September 2015
Latest edition: 14 November 2016 (4 July 2017)
Copyright: Copyright Itad Limited, Columbia University Earth Institute and DFID-Ghana
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.

Please note:
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Archive and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice explains how to meet these conditions.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch


Title File Name Size (KB)
MV Baseline Summary Report 7734_baseline_summary_report.pdf 9240
UKDA Data Dictionary 7734_data_dictionary.pdf 19681
MV Informed Consent Protocol 7734_informed_consent_protocol.pdf 269
MV Initial Design Document 7734_initial_design_document.pdf 12940
MV Midterm Summary Report, November 2016 7734_midterm_summary_report_november2016.pdf 2415
MV Overall Assessment of the IDD 7734_overall_assessment_idd.pdf 479
MV Preliminary Report Round Two 7734_preliminary_report_round_two.pdf 1266
MV Year 0 Household Questionnaire 7734_year0_hh_questionnaire_2012.pdf 1392
MV Year 1 Household Questionnaire 7734_year1_hh_questionnaire_2013.pdf 1165
MV Year 2 Household Questionnaire 7734_year2_hh_questionnaire_2014.pdf 2842
MV Year 3 Household Questionnaire 7734_year3_hh_questionnaire_2015.pdf 1916
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7734_Information.htm 6
READ File read7734.htm 10


View publications... Hide publications...

By principal investigator(s):

Resulting from secondary analysis:


No previously uploaded files

  (login required)

Upload syntax/code file

Millennium Village Impact Evaluation in Northern Ghana, 2012-2015: Special Licence Access

I agree to the terms and conditions *

Confirm new syntax/code file version

A previous version of syntax file "" has already been uploaded and approved.

If you continue with this upload, the previous version of the syntax file will be overwritten with this new version.

This new version of the syntax file will be subject to the UK Data Service approval process before it becomes available for download.

Do you want to continue?


Back to top