The NIPN approach is flexible and allows countries to apply the approach through their own unique mechanisms and structures.
NIPN is rooted within existing institutions and national multi-sectoral systems for nutrition. From the analysis of data available at sub-national level, it generates evidence that is used by national stakeholders for developing policy, designing programmes and allocating investments, through the NIPN operational cycle consisting of three elements that constantly revolve and feed into each other:
- Question formulation based on government priorities;
- Analysis of data to inform the questions;
- Communication of the findings to government.
- This NIPN operational cycle is supported by the NIPN structure made up of:
- A policy component which convenes and facilitates a multi-sectoral advisory committee, playing a key role in policy question formulation, interpretation of analysis outputs and communication of findings.
- A data component that collates and analyses the data and information.
Both components are hosted by national organisations. The NIPN country team, comprising staff from the national host organisations, staff on contract and technical advisors are embedded within these two components and are responsible for implementing the NIPN approach. The NIPN multi-sectoral advisory committee guides the country team, validates its work and ensures linkages between NIPN and the national multi-sectoral mechanisms for nutrition.
The NIPN approach in illustrated in the animated visual below.