Social and Behavior Change and GenderBehavior Change for NutritionCOVID-19Economic GrowthGenderMaternal Nutrition
USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted social and behavior change (SBC) formative research in the three intervention districts of Tinsukia, Goalpara, and Barpeta in Assam to inform the project’s SBC activities.
Elevating Nutrition in Pre-Service Training: A Competency-Based Tool to Assess Coverage of Nutrition Content
Quality pre-service training forms the foundation of all nutrition services, equipping health professionals with the competencies required to deliver quality services from day one on the job. However, nutrition content is often outdated and can be difficult to integrate into pre-service training.
Many Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) courses, developed by USAID and other organizations, are available to USAID Mission and project staff. The resources in this online M&E Course Repository, will help meet your current needs.
Measuring What it Takes to Provide Care (Resource Collection)
Capacity StrengtheningEarly Childhood DevelopmentAdolescent NutritionChild NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Mental Health
This toolkit of measures of Caregiver Resources can help program and research teams understand whether their programs successfully influence these Caregiver Resources. We can enhance the effectiveness of programs by recognizing and promoting Caregiver Resources which enable caregivers to participate in nutrition activities and adopt recommended care and feeding behaviors.
Food SystemsFood SystemsWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition curated the Food Systems Toolkit which is focused on a set of tools to support USAID Missions and partners in putting a food systems approach into action. The toolkit comprises resources that provide practical guidance on how to design, implement, and measure concrete activities that improve diets and nutrition through food systems.
This tool makes it easier for practitioners and decision makers to understand dietary patterns and nutrient intake. Such information is critical to design, monitor, and evaluate efforts to improve diets. The decision tool provides existing data sources and data collection tools related to the different target groups and diet questions below.
Anemia is a global public health problem imposing a health burden on individuals at different life stages. This searchable toolkit includes over 100 resources organized into five sections related to anemia—
Policies and Programs
The Effect of Interventions Distributing Home Fortification Products on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Practices: A Systematic Narrative Review
Nutrition and Health SystemsBreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements and micronutrient powders can address nutrient gaps for young children in low-resource settings. Programs that combine home fortification products with infant and young child feeding (IYCF) interventions may also contribute to improved IYCF practices in some settings.
Anthropometric Criteria for Best-Identifying Children at High Risk of Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of Twelve Cohorts
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAcute MalnutritionChild NutritionGrowth Monitoring and PromotionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Researchers compared several anthropometric diagnostic criteria to assess risk of child mortality. The best indicators were weight-for-age Z-score (WAZ) <−2, mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) <125 mm, MUAC < 115 mm or WAZ < −3, and WAZ < −3.
Virtual Convening on Improving Nutrition among Children with Feeding Difficulties and Children with Disabilities
Early Childhood DevelopmentInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
This convening engaged experts working in nutrition, health, and disability programming; policy making and advocacy; and research in discussions around opportunities to improve nutritional care for children with feeding difficulties and children with disabilities.
Resources for Community Health Workers: Strengthening Nutrition Counseling through Empathetic Care
Social and Behavior Change and GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This webinar highlights resources developed by Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria using human-centered design to help community health workers improve nutrition counseling. Speakers discuss the Infant and Young Child Feeding Image Bank and how to adapt materials to local contexts and engaged in a question-and-answer session.
Women’s Empowerment: An Essential Ingredient for Improved Nutrition in India
Social and Behavior Change and GenderAcute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionChild NutritionCOVID-19GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Participants in this study prioritized joint decision-making between women and men about agriculture-related household assets and women’s use of improved practices to grow nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits or to fish for household consumption and sales.
Opening the Box on How Gender and Intrahousehold Dynamics Affect What South Asia Eats: Why, How, and Who
Social and Behavior Change and GenderFood SystemsGender
To better understand why people consume the foods they do, this blog examines issues of food access, availability, and affordability; taste and preferences; power dynamics; and whose preferences matter most. It also examines how food is procured and prepared, the challenges of doing so, who decides why certain foods are consumed, and who performs food-related tasks.
Nourishing Connections: Community Health Worker Job Aid
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This booklet provides detailed activities and instructions for community health workers (CHWs) to assess caregiver nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and practices; listen carefully; provide compassionate counseling on child feeding through tailored discussions and problem solving; and develop an action plan.