Activity B: Produce a question analysis framework (2/2)

It is unlikely to find the ideal situation, regarding data availability and quality and team capacity. Therefore a final decision will need to be made based on a well-informed and balanced judgement for which the policy and data units need to work hand in hand. It is important to always keep initial strategic opportunities & timing (window of opportunity) in mind. Even conclusions regarding data limitations (data gaps or poor data quality) present useful information in itself.

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Based on the assessment of the technical feasibility, the NIPN policy experts and NIPN data experts will jointly decide on the final ranking of the full set of policy questions on which the NIPN team will work. The question analysis framework makes it possible to document and keep track of the questions that can and will be answered completely or partially by NIPN or others, and which questions have lower priority and for which the time and human resources’ investment is not feasible. The lower priority questions will be saved in a ’Question Bank’ and potential further steps will be explored with the Multisectoral Advisory Committee and other nutrition partners (see section 2.5).

Prior to beginning data analysis, the NIPN data experts will work out a much more detailed data analysis plan to guide the work of the NIPN data experts. This is further described in the guidance note on data analysis (section 3.4).