Household-level consumption data can be redistributed for individual-level Optifood diet modeling: Analysis from four countries
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningFood Systems
Improving dietary quality requires changes across food and agriculture systems to improve access to affordable nutritious foods, especially for women and young children. Local, national, and global leaders need reliable data to inform policies that strengthen the food systems families depend on.
Suitability of Data Collection Methods, Tools, and Metrics for Evaluating Market Food Environments in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Food SystemsFood Systems
This peer-reviewed publication describes a study conducted by USAID Advancing Nutrition to identify assessments (methods, tools, and metrics) suitable for evaluating market food environments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Findings highlight suitable assessments and recommended adaptations to existing assessments to strengthen market food environment evaluation in LMICs.
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningBuilding Global ConsensusCOVID-19Resilience
This comprehensive nutrition and COVID-19 pandemic analytical framework focuses on the pathways connecting the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on nutrition outcomes in both children and adults.
Strengthening Nutrition Activities through Gender Integration
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGenderGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
A brief informed by gender analyses considers how gender differences may affect nutrition services and programming. A key aspect of the social and behavior change work of USAID Advancing Nutrition includes unpacking and responding to the social and gender norms that influence nutrition. The brief includes a review of staff learning and examples of gender integration across the project.
Nourishing Heroínas in Mozambique: Understanding, Designing with, and Tailoring Nutrition Interventions to Adolescent Girls
Social and Behavior Change and GenderAdolescent Nutrition
A human-centered design approach to creating behavior change interventions can help identify users’ motivations, abilities, and opportunities. While time consuming and resource intensive, continuous learning through ideation, prototyping, and iteration provides valuable insights into users’ realities. This paper is available in English and Portuguese.
Complexity-Aware Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Social and Behavior Change Interventions
Social and Behavior Change and GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Contextual, temporal, and interpretive complexities impact most social and behavior change interventions. These complexity-aware tools include an advocacy brief; a core set of indicators related to collaborating, learning, and adapting; and a checklist to improve consistency and completeness of intervention documentation.
Maternal Diets in India: Gaps, Barriers, and Opportunities
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGenderMaternal NutritionNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Food unavailability and poor economic situations, limited exposure to nutrition counseling, food restrictions and beliefs, adverse family influence and gender norms, and gaps in knowledge constrain healthy diets.
Resilient Health Systems: Adaptive Management Tools to Maintain and Strengthen Nutrition Services
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsEmergency Nutrition Resilience
Collaborating organizations have developed tools and approaches to improve emergency preparedness and support health systems to respond to increased demands resulting from seasonal and unforeseen shocks and stresses. Speakers shared three tools designed to deliver nutrition services more effectively in such contexts. This is a webinar.
Small-Quantity Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements for the Prevention of Child Malnutrition and Promotion of Healthy Development: Overview of Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis and Programmatic Implications
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Co-packaging small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements with interventions that focus on preventing and controlling prenatal and child infections, improving health care access, and promoting early child development may have a greater impact than interventions alone.
Giving Voice to the Silent Burden: Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation
Nutrition and Health SystemsMaternal Nutrition
Common perinatal mental disorders have significant and lasting implications for women’s health and quality of life, as well as newborn health and development. Experts from several related fields discuss necessary interventions to ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive respectful and nurturing care. This is a webinar.
Nutrition Counseling and Care During and After Childhood Illness Literature Review: Evidence from African Countries
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
The review proposes recommendations to improve caregiver practices, strengthen the quality of feeding counseling during illness, address evidence gaps related to feeding care during illness, and identify enablers and barriers to those providing optimal feeding counseling and support after illness or during recovery.
Integrating Early Detection and Treatment of Child Wasting into Routine Primary Health Care Services: A Resource Guide to Support National Planning
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAdolescent NutritionGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The guide presents a process to identify integration actions to address the early detection and treatment of child wasting within primary health care services. Programmers must consider feasibility, risks, and benefits to guide integration and in what form. For each health system component, the guide presents common constraints and presents a set of integration actions to address them.
Fed to Fail? The Crisis of Children’s Diets in Early Life
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Policies and programs to improve young children’s diets are not prioritized and are being further eroded by the coronavirus pandemic. UNICEF calls on governments and partners to work collectively to transform food, health, and social protection systems. The report is available in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.
Predictors of Complementary Feeding Practices among Children Aged 6–23 Months in Five Countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Findings showed that maternal education and age, paternal education and wealth, culture and geographic location, and utilization of health services were associated with minimum dietary diversity, minimum meal frequency, and minimum acceptable diet.
Impact of Scaling up Prenatal Nutrition Interventions on Human Capital Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Modeling Analysis
Nutrition and Health SystemsMaternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Scaling up prenatal nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries from current levels to 90 percent may lead to substantial gains in schooling and lifetime income. Decision-makers should consider potential long-term human capital returns on investments in maternal nutrition.
Effective Nutrition Governance is Correlated with Better Nutrition Outcomes in Nepal
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent Nutrition
Data collected to determine the relationship between the Nutrition Governance Index (NGI) and anthropometry highlight the importance of effective management of policy-based programming and resource use to produce nutrition gains.
Dietary Diversity and Undernutrition in Children Aged 6–23 Months in Sub-Saharan Africa
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Given the role that dietary diversity plays in the health status of children, implementing nutrition-specific interventions and strengthening existing interventions to improve infant and young child feeding practices is particularly important in countries where the prevalence of adequate minimum dietary diversity is low and undernutrition is high.
Beyond Stunting: Complementary Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating USAID Nutrition Activities
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Recent literature has critically examined the use of stunting as an indicator for evaluating the impact of nutrition interventions. The guidance document suggests approaches and indicators to measure the results of nutrition programs in a comprehensive and meaningful way.