Formulating nutrition policy questions

These guidance notes support the implementation of the nutrition policy question formulation in the NIPN operational cycle, which is the starting point for creating a data-informed policy dialogue between policy decision makers and data analysts.

It describes a process that allows NIPN country teams to narrow down broad policy demand to an answerable question. This approach is broken down in four steps:

  1. Identifying nutrition policy demand and initial questions, in order to ensure alignment with the national decision-making priorities and calendar
  2. Formulating policy relevant questions, to ensure the policy relevance
  3. Refining questions to be answered with available data and capacity, to ensure technical feasibility
  4. Finalising and validating questions, to ensure that all previous criteria are being met