Activity A: Map out the data and capacities required
At this stage, it is important to assess the gap between what is needed for robust data analysis to answer the policy-relevant question versus what is available, as well as the challenges presented by the data.
The NIPN policy experts review the final list of priority questions for NIPN which comes out of the workshop in Step 2, to ensure these are fully aligned with the policy makers’ priorities and the political calendar (‘window of opportunity’). They also recommend the optimal order for answering questions by data analysis, to obtain initial results which could influence the direction of the analysis.
The NIPN data experts review the list of questions to establish whether they can be answered based on the technical feasibility criteria. To do so they will:
- Map out the data required to respond to the questions against the data availability and accessibility, while also taking into account data quality. The data landscape will be a helpful document for this exercise (see section 3.1).
- Review the capacity required to access and analyse the necessary data using robust methods, within the necessary time frame. This capacity may already exist within the NIPN country team. If this is not the case, the capacity needs to be strengthened or acquired within the time frame in which results have to be produced. Ensure that these capacity development needs are adequately reflected in the NIPN capacities development plan (see section 1.3).