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Step 2: Analyse the capacity gap for NIPN (2/3)

2. Ask for support from an expert

Capacity gap analysis requires a specific set of skills, expertise and time. It is advisable to seek external specialist technical assistance before embarking on the process. In Ethiopia, for example, technical assistance was provided by IFPRI’s Head of Capacity Strengthening to guide the process of NIPN capacity gap assessment and analysis (see the case study on Ethiopia in this section, page 15). The REACH (Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition) partnership has facilitators who focus on strengthening the capacity of national stakeholders and institutions and may provide a source of expertise in the countries in which they work. Other development partners may also be able to provide specialist technical assistance.

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3. Adopt a variety of methods

It is good practice to adopt a number of different methods to gather and triangulate qualitative data and validate quantitative data e.g. questionnaires, workshops, on-line survey, and focus group discussions (see the case studies on Ethiopia and Guatemala in this section, page 15).

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Example: Chad Nutrition Capacity Assessment 2018
Taking the form of a qualitative study, and supported by REACH, information was gathered using three methods:
  • a desk review,
  • key informant interviews and
  • focus groups with representatives from government and the respective SUN networks.

The study focused on the functional capacities of the Permanent Technical Food and Nutrition Committee and the newly established food and nutrition committees in five regions – Guéra; Logone Occidental; Ouaddaï; Tandjilé; and Wadi Fari – looking at their respective capacity to plan, manage and coordinate nutrition actions. The assessment identified a series of capacity development needs, and documented strengths and achievements.
Source: SUN UN network