You are asked to identify the THREE most important issues that relate to each of the questions or statements below. Each question relates to a subcomponent of one of the four sections (the numbering system is identical to that used in the text of the Assessment Tool). The Assessment Team should discuss the questions and agree on which are the three most important issues or responses by reaching a consensus within the Team.
SECTION I: ASSESSING PROGRAMME DESIGN
1) Assessing programme relevance
Describe the three most important issues with regard to the adequacy and relevance of the programme's objectives.
2) Assessing programme targeting
If your programme is targeted, identify three ways by which you could improve the targeting system. If the programme is not targeted, identify three forms of targeting that could be used and state how these could reduce programme costs.
3) Assessing programme interventions
Identify three ways to improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of programme interventions.
4) Assessing community activities
Has the programme achieved, or is it working towards achieving, real community participation? If yes, list the programme's three main strengths in relation to community participation. If not, identify the programme's three main constraints to implementation of the participatory approach.
5) Assessing the effectiveness of community mobilizers
Identify three ways by which the performance of community mobilizers could be improved in the programme area.
6) Assessing programme management
Describe the three most important management issues that have confronted the programme.
7) Assessing programme monitoring and evaluation
Identify the three most important issues relating to the quality of the programme's monitoring (including participatory monitoring) and evaluation system.
8) Assessing programme linkages
Identify the three most supportive and useful partnerships that the programme has established, and describe briefly how they have influenced programme performance and impact.
SECTION II: ASSESSING THE MACROENVIRONMENT
1) Assessing the macropolicy environment
You have identified which policies and strategies relevant to nutrition exist in your country, which of these are actively implemented and whether monitoring is adequate. Now identify which three would most strengthen the macropolicy environment if better implemented, or if better implemented, as appropriate. You should state briefly also how these policies could help your programme.
2) Assessing the degree of intersectoral collaboration
Identify either the three greatest barriers to effective intersectoral collaboration in your country, or if you judge that such collaboration is effective, identify the three most important contributors to this success.
3) Assessing the level of government's resource commitment to nutrition
Identify the three most important constraints to increasing the resources for nutrition from the government.
4) Assessing the role and contribution of the international community
Identify three ways by which the international community could improve its support to nutrition in your country.
5) Assessing the adequacy of national technical expertise
Identify the three most important issues related to the adequacy of national technical expertise in nutrition, in your country.
SECTION III: ASSESSING THE MICROENVIRONMENT
1) Assessing the extent of diversity in the programme area
Identify the three most important issues relating to diversity that the programme has not taken into account.
2) Assessing the local food economy
Identify three ways in which the programme has accommodated or supported the local food economy.
3) Assessing levels of community development
Describe briefly how the programme can address the three most significant constraints to community development in the programme area.
4) Assessing access to basic services and technical expertise
Describe three ways in which the programme can improve, within its area, the quality of basic nutrition services and communities’ access to technical advice.
5) Assessing the adequacy of local development structures
What local development structures exist in the programme area? Identify three important issues with regard to their involvement in the community base of the programme.
SECTION IV: ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY
1) Assessing programme resources
Which are the three most important resource constraints which may limit the programme's sustainability?
2) Assessing programme ownership
Has programme institutionalization been achieved? If yes, identify three reasons why this has occurred. If no, identify three reasons why it has not occurred.
3) Assessing the programme's ability to respond to future felt needs
How has the programme considered future needs and changing priorities?