Activity A: Preparation of a consultative workshop (2/7)
Facilitation and participation
It is strongly recommended that one person is identified to take on the role of facilitator in the workshop preparation and during the workshop. This could typically be the senior policy advisor within the NIPN core team.
Prior to undertaking the consultative workshop, the NIPN country team should have decided whether to engage with a subset of priority sectors or whether to invite all of the nutrition-relevant sectors to this workshop and involve them in the full NIPN operational cycle (see section 2.2: Step 1 – Scope of the question formulation process).
For each sector, several key people might be invited to this workshop who collectively bring relevant expertise to the table regarding:
- The policies and plans of the sector (for example, FIRST policy officer in Ministry of Agriculture).
- Routine M&E data availability and accessibility as well as surveys data.
- Nutrition: typically nutrition focal point, if existent.
Non-government partners, notably UN agencies, REACH, and members of the SUN networks (UN, civil society, donors) could also be invited as important resources to support preparation of and participation in the workshop.
Relevant framing in country context
The overall objective is to strengthen or develop the data-informed nutrition policy dialogue, and this workshop is a first step to engaging stakeholders in this process.
The workshop and the NIPN approach need to be framed to be coherent with the broader multisectoral nutrition policies and plans at country level.
It is important to highlight that NIPN does not replace existing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems that track the progress of MPPA, but that its added value is to analyse the data of such M&E systems to answer specific policy questions.
Create a common understanding
Before engaging in the process of question formulation, it is crucial that all key actors share a common understanding of what NIPN’s purpose and approach is. Even when several advocacy or awareness-raising activities have taken place prior to the workshop, it is important to start the workshop with a generic presentation of NIPN (see section 1.1, advocacy and awareness raising) to create a common understanding amongst all participants.
The scope of NIPN and its added value can be mentioned briefly in this presentation in order to manage participants’ expectations with regard to the type of answerable questions, but this should be a specific and separate session on the agenda of the consultative workshop. This session can be facilitated with support from the Technical Note on Data Analysis.