Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT) is a four-year initiative (2017-2021) that aims to transform the availability and use of nutrition data by addressing gaps in nutrition measurement and advocating for stronger nutrition data systems.
DataDENT is implemented by three institutions: Institute for International Programs (IIP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Results for Development Institute (R4D). IIP manages day-to-day operations of DataDENT.
DataDENT is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. DataDENT collaborates with other data-focused initiatives and institutions such as Countdown to 2030, Alive & Thrive, POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition), and Transform Nutrition West Africa.
To learn more, download the DataDENT brochure here.
HOW WE ADDRESS GAPS IN THE NUTRITION DATA VALUE CHAIN
Track priority indicators
Compiling data and tracking a set of nutrition indicators in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and India, and select regions, and identifying ways to promote indicator uptake and meet decision-maker needs through effective data visualization tools.
Advocate for better coordinated data systems
Engaging technical and policy audiences around data systems for nutrition and developing technical products that support the data value chain. Examples include convening nutrition measurement experts and data users to develop guidance on household survey design and innovative nutrition coverage indicators.
Conduct targeted research
Advancing innovations in measuring the reach of nutrition interventions and advocacy.