The FANTA Sampling Guide (1997) provides technical guidance to Food For Peace (FFP) Title II Awardees in their efforts to conduct baseline and final performance evaluation surveys. The guide provides methods and instructions for developing the designs of the sample surveys, aimed at the Awardee private voluntary organizations and their contractors. This guide provides information on how to randomly select samples of communities, households, and/or individuals for such surveys. It emphasizes the use of probability sampling methods, which are essential to ensure representativity of the target population.
Recent field experience for some baseline and final evaluation surveys conducted by Title II programs has shown that the approach given in the FANTA Sampling Guide sometimes results in an underestimation of the number of households that need to be visited to obtain the required sample size on a specific target group (e.g., children under 5 years of age). This problem is addressed in the Addendum (2012). In the Addendum, an alternative approach is recommended that will result in a household sample size that is more likely to achieve the required sample size of children.