NIPN is unique in bringing together and valuing multiple data sources shared by the different sectors that influence nutrition: health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, social protection and education among others.
The focus of NIPN analyses is to make better use of underutilised national and sub-national data, to track: progress and regional disparities in nutrition outcomes and determinants; coverage of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions and programmes; as well as investments in these programmes. Such analyses are critical for taking decisions relating to policy and how to prioritise investments.
Though primarily driven by national demand, the NIPN may not be in a position to answer all types of policy questions due to the lack of the right data of the right quality. Broad questions need to be broken down into more specific questions that can be answered by the NIPN, taking into account data availability and quality.
For questions requiring more complex analysis or additional data collection (such as causal analyses, impact evaluation or cost-effectiveness analyses), the scientific literature can be reviewed to assess existing evidence or the question can be referred to a research body.