Global Nutrition Cluster

Evaluations, reviews & lessons learned

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This page provides information on available resources related to monitoring, evaluation, and lesson learning of individual agency programming as well as at national and international levels.

Performance Monitoring
Performance management evaluations should be conducted to promote transparency, accountability and learning through systematic and objective judgments about the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of humanitarian interventions. To ensure credibility, transparency and independence, all evaluations should be conducted by external experts. All evaluations include a formal management response, which addresses recommendations and identifies follow-up action responsibility.

Nutrition Cluster Evaluations

A few key documents for Nutrition Cluster Evaluations were developed during Pakistan Nutrition Cluster Evaluation in 2011 (see evaluation report below): Evaluation framework [MS Word], Evaluation TOR [PDF], Quick self-checklist [MS Word].

Pakistan Nutrition Cluster Evaluation, September 2011 [PDF]
This report documents the progress made by the Nutrition Cluster in Pakistan in relation to its coordination responsibilities as well as the emergency response of the nutrition cluster partners.

Nutrition Cluster: A Lesson Learning Review, August 2007 [PDF]
The objectives of the review were to review the performance of the nutrition clusters according to their purpose; to identify constraints and key areas where improvements can be made to ensure that more progress is made in the coming year;  to identify key actions (including responsible agency and timeline) required in order to ensure improvements; to document lessons learned in the implementation of the Cluster Approach in Kashmir, Java, Lebanon, Somalia and global level that can inform new emergencies and improve the CA implementation.

Best Practice on Using the Cluster Approach in Somalia, March 2007 [PDF]
This document provided an overview of best practices on using the cluster approach at the field level in Somalia.

Nutrition cluster evaluation: Pakistan flood response, September 2011 [PDF]
This report documents the progress made by the Nutrition Cluster in Pakistan in relation to its coordination responsibilities as well as the emergency response of the nutrition cluster partners.

Programmatic Evaluations

Evaluation of a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program in Two Counties in Kenya, August 2011 – March 2012 [pdf]
This report provides the results of the evaluation of a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) implemented in the Turkana and Wajir Counties of northern Kenya between August 2011 and March 2012.

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies: why are we not delivering at scale?, 2012 [pdf]
A review of global gaps, challenges and ways forward was undertaken by Save the Children UK. The challenges and constraints to IYCF programming in emergencies were investigated by consulting with a variety of humanitarian agencies, donors and government representatives.

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: lessons learned and implications for the regulation of marketing of foods and beverages to children, 2012 [link]
The objective of this article was to identify lessons learned from 30 years of implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes ('the Code') and identify lessons learned for the regulation of marketing foods and beverages to children

Evaluation of WFP Targeted Supplementary Food Programme Outcomes, 2009 [pdf]
This study was implemented in Ethiopia to determine if there are differences in nutritional outcomes between children who receive targeted supplementary food and those who do not. Both programme effectiveness and efficacy were measured.

An Analysis of Nutrition Surveys in Ethiopia, 2009
Workshop Background Paper [pdf]; Workshop Report [pdf]
The Workshop background paper presented an analysis of nutrition surveys carried out between 2003 and 2008 in Ethiopia and described interviews which were conducted with key staff from a range of agencies to assess how contextual information is used for decision-making. The objectives of the analysis were (1) to evaluate the methods and indicators used to collect 'contextual' data in nutrition surveys conducted in Ethiopia, (2) to evaluate the recommendations made from the data, (3) to examine the use made by agencies or programmes of the survey data collected, (4) to support further development of the Government of Ethiopia's interim Guidelines for Emergency Nutrition Surveys 2008 by determining whether standardised methods and indicators for contextual data collection and analysis can be employed.
The workshop was the end point of this study conducted by NutritionWorks with the objectives to share and discuss the findings of the study and to agree standard methods and indicators for contextual data collection in Ethiopia in the future.

Dietary Management of Moderate Malnutrition
WHO organised a consultation on Dietary Management of Moderate Malnutrition (MM) with the following objectives: (1) to provide an estimate of nutritional requirements of children with MM (separately for children who are moderately wasted and those who are stunted(; (2) to examine if current approaches for MM management, based either on dietary counseling or on the provision of food supplements, provide all nutrients needed for the recovery of children with MM; (3) to formulate recommendations to improve the dietary management of MM, either through dietary counseling or food supplementation, (4) to recommend which type of research is needed to address current knowledge gaps.
The consultation produced Summary Project Report [pdf], Consultation Papers [pdf], Consultation Follow-up Meeting Report [pdf], and Consultation Report - Programmatic Aspects [pdf]

Other Reviews & Lessons Learned

"Evaluation of European Commission integrated approach of food security and nutrition in humanitarian context" report [pdf] and executive summary [pdf]. The overall purpose of the evaluation was to assess DG ECHO's operational capacity to fund food assistance programming which contributes to addressing acute undernutrition in humanitarian crises.  The evaluation asks whether DG ECHO-funded food assistance supports (or in some cases hinders) the addressing of the relevant immediate and underlying causes of acute undernutrition. It examines whether nutrition objectives been integrated at all stages of the food assistance programme cycle (situation analysis/assessment, causal analysis, response analysis, targeting and design, implementation and monitoring) and whether food assistance been linked to direct nutrition interventions, where appropriate. The scope of the evaluation is 2009 to 2012, where it was possible to take 2012 into account.

The management of acute malnutrition at scale: A review of donor and government financing arrangements
This review (main publication [pdf], full report [pdf] and summary [pdf]) focuses on the financing arrangements for programmes that manage acute malnutrition at scale through the community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) approach. This review considers the enabling and constraining aspects of humanitarian, transition and development financing, the contexts and rationale in which severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) are jointly addressed in CMAM programming; the role of key United Nations (UN) agencies in enabling programme integration and coordination; individual donor policies and strategies for supporting CMAM in emergency, transition and development contexts; and opportunities for achieving greater impact of efforts to manage acute malnutrition. The review involved country case studies from Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Nigeria

Review of GNC Products and Tools, July 2009 [pdf]

Review of Nutrition & Mortality Indicators for the IPC [pdf]
This report is part of a comprehensive technical review of mortality and nutrition indicators on behalf of the IPC Technical Working Group and the Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) Task Force on Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (TF‐AME). The purpose of the review was to ensure that these indicators, in combination with others, help in making a single statement on the food security situation (situation analysis). Indicators reviewed in this report were: crude death rate (deaths/10,000/day), 0-5 death rate (deaths/10,000/day), low weight-for-height - indicator of wasting, and low height for age.


 

 

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