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IMPROVING NUTRITION PROGRAMMES
an assessment tool for action

Revised edition

Suraiya Ismail
Maarten Immink

FAO consultants
and
Guy Nantel
FAO Food and Nutrition Division

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, © FAO 2005

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

BACKGROUND

METHODOLOGICAL GUIDE

Section I :     Assessing Programme Design

1.   Assessing programme relevance

2.   Assessing programme targeting

3.   Assessing programme interventions

4.   Assessing community activities

5.   Assessing the effectiveness of community mobilizers

6.   Assessing programme management

7.   Assessing programme monitoring and evaluation

8.   Assessing programme linkages

9.   Summarizing the assessment of programme design and action

Section II :   Assessing the Macroenvironment

1.   Assessing the macropolicy environment

2.   Assessing the degree of intersectoral collaboration

3.   Assessing the level of Government's resource commitment to nutrition

4.   Assessing the role and contribution of the international community

5.   Assessing the adequacy of national technical expertise

6.   Summarizing the assessment of the macroenvironment and action

Section III :   Assessing the Microenvironment

1.   Assessing the extent of diversity in the programme area

2.   Assessing the local food economy

3.   Assessing levels of community development

4.   Assessing access to basic services and technical expertise

5.   Assessing the adequacy of local development structures

6.   Summarizing the assessment of the microenvironment and action

Section IV :   Assessing Sustainability

1.   Assessing programme resources

2.   Assessing programme ownership

3.   Assessing the programme's ability to respond to future felt needs

4.   Summarizing the assessment of sustainability and action

Conclusion

Annex 1:   Summary report

Annex 2:   Further reading and how to get help

Annex 3:   An example of a conceptual framework

Annex 4:   Methods