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 that are introduced in section 2.1:

  • Identifying nutrition policy demand and initial questions, in order to ensure alignment with the national decision-making priorities and calendar (section 2.2)
  • Formulating policy relevant questions, to ensure the policy relevance (section 2.3)
  • Refining questions to be answered with available data and capacity, to ensure technical feasibility (section 2.4)
  • Finalising and validating questions, to ensure that all previous criteria are being met (section 2.5)