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 a main input for the workshop. Also the NIPN sub-national nutrition dashboard (section 3.2) could serve as an 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 time frame of decision makers identified in Step 1, it is important, once having formulated the questions, to agree on the final set of questions. The NIPN team will then finalise these questions, looking at the technical feasibility of answering them (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 within 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:
- The policies and plans of the sector (for example, FIRST policy officer in Ministry of Agriculture).
- Routine M&E data availability and accessibility as well as surveys data.
- Nutrition: typically nutrition focal point, if existent.
Non-government partners, notably UN agencies, REACH, and members of the SUN networks (UN, civil society, donors) could also be invited as important resources to support preparation of and participation in the workshop.