EXERCISE 5: Identify and know the key ‘decision makers’ at the various administrative levels
At this stage, the team should have good knowledge of the various decision makers along the implementation chain. Decision makers are not necessarily limited to policy makers: programme planners and implementation officers are other actors along the implementation chain who are also making decisions to improve nutrition actions at their level.
Categorizing the decisions makers, according to the administrative level at which they intervene and according to the type of decisions they can make, will help to assess the diversity of the NIPN stakeholders’ needs.
It will also define the target audiences and consequently help to fine-tune the policy relevance of the questions and align the ‘storyline’ of the findings with each target audience of decision makers.