Activity A: Workshop inputs, outputs, facilitation and participation
The matrix on key opportunities for influencing policy, programming and investment decisions (output of Step 1, section 2.2) will be used as the main input for the workshop. In case the NIPN team has elaborated a (sub-national) nutrition dashboard (section 3.5), this could serve as a good entry point for discussion and further policy-relevant question formulation.
A priority list of well-formulated policy-relevant questions.
Based on the needs, priorities and the time frame of decision makers as identified in Step 1, it is important to agree on the final set of questions, as it is unlikely that all formulated questions can be answered with the existing capacity in due time. The NIPN team will then review the technical feasibility of answering these questions, which will lead to final list of reformulated questions (Step 3, section 2.4).
Facilitation and participation
It is strongly recommended that one person is identified to take on the role of facilitator in the workshop preparation and during the workshop. This could typically be the senior policy advisor of the NIPN core team.
Prior to undertaking the consultative workshop, the NIPN country team should have decided whether to engage with a subset of priority sectors or whether to invite all of the nutrition-relevant sectors to this workshop and involve them in the full NIPN operational cycle (section 2.2: Step 1 – Scope of the question formulation process).
For each sector, several key people might be invited to this workshop who collectively bring relevant expertise to the table regarding:
- Policies and plans of the sector (for example, the FAO-FIRST policy officer in Ministry of Agriculture).
- Routine M&E data availability and accessibility as well as surveys data.
- Nutrition: this could be the nutrition focal point, if such a person has been appointed.
Non-government partners, notably UN agencies, REACH, and members of the SUN networks (UN, civil society, donors) could also be invited as important resource persons to support preparation of and participation in the workshop.