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Accurate and reliable data are essential for effective nutrition action. Yet the data available for decision-makers are often limited, making scientific evidence difficult to translate into action through policy and programs. Through a defined process of collaborating, learning, and adapting, USAID Advancing Nutrition helps multi-sectoral nutrition programs increase their impact.

Our work

  • Applies best practices in nutrition measurement and costing to identify and address data gaps through tailored measurement, evaluation, research, and learning practices
  • Generates evidence through design, implementation, and dissemination of information
  • Builds global consensus around various aspects of nutrition measurement, including diet quality, hemoglobin concentration, micronutrient measurement and monitoring, among others.


Browse a selection of 14 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

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Understanding Key Dimensions of Food Environments

Enhancing our ability to monitor and evaluate market food environments in low-and-middle income countries to improve diets.

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Supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Donor Network

Supporting the SUN Donor Network to strengthen donor resource tracking by monitoring the application of the OECD nutrition policy marker.

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Strengthening Program Evaluations for Social and Behavior Change Activities Used to Improve Nutrition Outcomes

Quality social and behavior change (SBC) evaluations are needed to improve nutrition program design and nutrition outcomes.

The task of reducing undernutrition worldwide requires a wide array of program approaches. New resources summarize strengths and limitations of relying on stunting as an indicator of project impact.
Five grantees will conduct a laboratory validation study measuring hemoglobin in different types of blood samples from the same individual, using different instruments in a laboratory setting in five…
A new report from WHO/UNICEF/FAO helps build consensus on measuring healthy diets.