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Innovations in Nutrition Measurement: Lessons Learned from Population-Based Household Surveys in Burkina Faso and Kenya

A resident enumerator in Burkina Faso prepares for the third round of data collection for PMA2020, a mobile technology-based survey project that supports routine, rapid-turnaround, high quality data on family planning and other health indicators. ©2016 PMA2020/Shani Turke, Courtesy of Photoshare

Countries with high burdens of malnutrition have increased investment in nutrition, but monitoring and evaluation efforts have been hindered by a lack of data on nutrition intervention coverage and outcomes. In 2017 and 2018, a new nationally-representative nutrition survey module was piloted in Burkina Faso and Kenya by the Performance Monitoring for Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) program of the Gates Institute for Population & Reproductive Health. The module included questions about coverage of nutrition interventions, diet and nutritional status of children under 5, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age.

Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT) supported PMA2020 with the development of a Measurement Innovations Report that highlights new indicators and questions piloted in the module. The report provides a detailed rationale and practical recommendations for those seeking to implement similar questions in household surveys. Click here to read the full report.

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