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

Prepare relevant and concrete country examples to trigger question formulation

Examples are key for helping the participants in the workshop: they need to go through the question formulation process and practise by themselves how impact pathways models can help. Thus, it is important that these have been prepared and tested by the person facilitating the process before the workshop itself.
Especially in the first NIPN cycle of ‘question-analysis-dissemination’, it has proven difficult for participants to grasp what are possible policy-relevant questions and how to formulate a good question. To initiate the process, it is recommended that workshop participants are provided with examples which are as concrete as possible.

Questions which have been proposed as priority questions in Step 1 may provide a good starting point for developing the examples for the workshop. In all cases, it is important to:

  • Ensure that examples are available and prepared ahead for participants to practise with.
  • Present and explain at least one unique example to all participants, independent of whether it relates to their own sector or not.
  • Include sector-specific questions identified as relating to a nutrition-relevant issue in the MPPA, to help sector experts understand the importance of formulating policy-relevant questions.

The four steps described in this guidance note for formulating policy-relevant questions can be applied at any administrative level. In cases where the NIPN operational cycle is implemented at decentralized/sub-national level, it is important that all the steps described in this guideline are implemented at that level as well.
Thus, Steps 1 and 2 are crucial for engaging with stakeholders identified at decentralized level to create a policy and programme dialogue around their needs and to assess what their strategic priorities are for the question formulation.

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Examples of strategic priority needs and policy-relevant questions at national and sub-national level
Strategic priority needs of stakeholders Examples of questions
National level Revision of the MPPA

Decision over inter-sectoral budget allocation
Can the MPPA targets for reducing chronic malnutrition be reached?

Should a pilot programme on community management of SAM be scaled up to all districts?
Sub-national level Planning of interventions; choice of interventions coverage by sector

Budgeting exercise within each sector

Human resources allocation and trainings
How does the district perform on stunting reduction?

Should investments in community management of SAM be increased in this district?