Effective information management (IM) is the foundation of effective coordination. It is a critical component required to improve planning, integration and implementation of an emergency nutrition response.
Generic Information Management tool
The Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT) is currently developing a generic Information Management tool for Nutrition Emergencies for adaptation at country level.
The tool will track the humanitarian response of Nutrition Cluster in detail and can be useful in a variety of ways:
The Indicator Guide
For a manageable (i.e. realistic and achievable) humanitarian response for both UNICEF and cooperation agreement partners, it is essential to agree on a prioritized set of indicators that can be monitored at a high enough frequency to inform the response. The Indicator Guide [xls] provides a reference in selecting priority indicators, both by UNICEF cooperation agreement partners and for reporting in the UNICEF SitRep.
A 3W/4W details the country Nutrition Cluster's response, including specifics of who, what, where and when (for the 4W) for each intervention, often allowing for an analysis that can highlight important gaps in nutrition services. Samples and a template have been provided from various countries which can be tailored to individual country needs.
Sample Coverage Maps
Maps are a key tool for coordination in emergencies. They can communicate a lot of information very quickly to a wide range of audiences, including those without specialist or technical backgrounds. They are also useful for quickly identifying gaps and overlaps of information or activities.
Contact information for the Nutrition Cluster, may include:
Samples of excel contact lists have been provided from various countries which can be tailored to individual country needs.
Sample Situation Reports
Situation reports provide updates of the emergency situation and impact on nutrition, nutrition implementation priorities, collective progress, results, and constraints.
Sample Cluster Update
There is no standard format for Cluster Updates, but some of monthly Nutrition Cluster reports are available below [in pdf]: