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Activity A: Preparation of a consultative workshop (3/7)

Which questions and data analyses lend themselves best to the NIPN approach?

The NIPN data expert(s) will facilitate a session to explain what type of data analysis is particularly suited to providing solid answers to policy questions which can be translated into actionable recommendations. The choice of data analysis is based on data availability, and the quality and capacity of the team. The details of this information is explained in the guidance note on data analysis (see section 3.4), as well as in the Technical Note on data Analysis.
It is important to illustrate the theoretical explanations with concrete examples: the guidance note on data analysis (see section 3.4) provides a number of examples (summarised in the table below). It is recommended that the initial questions formulated by NIPN stakeholders are also used (see output of Step 1, section 2.2). The NIPN data team will need to review the list of initial questions prior to the workshop, in order to decide which data analysis method is best suited to providing an actionable answer.
In many cases, the initial question can be reformulated into answerable (sub-)questions. At all stages during question formulation, it is important to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be transparent about the questions which are prioritised and why, and what the next step will be.
Questions and data analyses which are less suited to providing actionable recommendations, and are therefore less of a priority, could become part of a ‘Question Bank’.

Suitability of questions for NIPN approach
Questions which are answerable by suitable data analysis methodsPartially answerable questions (after reformulation)Questions which are not suitable for analysis in the NIPN approach
Are nutrition interventions reaching the target population? What are the causes of high levels of stunting in the semi-arid regions of the country? What is the impact of nutrition-sensitive interventions on stunting?
What factors can explain the lower coverage of nutrition-specific interventions in some districts compared to others? Which nutrition-specific interventions should be prioritised to maximise impact on stunting? Is it more cost-effective to invest in food fortification or supplementation?
What are the causes of stunting in my country and where should we focus our intervention efforts? Have investments in WASH contributed to stunting and mortality reduction? How can indicators for nutrition sensitive interventions at sub-national level be defined and tracked?
Where should interventions to prevent obesity and overweight be focused? - -