Manuscript | https://doi.org/10.12688/gatesopenres.13145.1
Date of Publication | June 2020
Background: The first Global Nutrition Report in 2014 called for a “data revolution” in nutrition, so that countries have the latest data to set priorities and monitor progress. Integral to this revolution is understanding how countries are investing in the data, systems and capacity required to support decision-making around nutrition, i.e. their nutrition data and information system (NDIS).
Methods: For this reason, our team conducted a desk review of national nutrition plans for 58 Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries to better understand how countries are planning for and estimating the costs of their NDIS.
Results: We found that of the SUN national nutrition plans that are publicly accessible, not all are costed and less than half of these have explicit data and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) sections. Of the 19 national plans that had costed data and M&E sections, our initial estimates show costs for data systems ranged from 0.1%-12.8% of total plan costs with limited information on data system components.
Conclusions: There is an imminent need for more comprehensive and strategic approaches – including the planning for and financing of – NDIS in countries.
Manorat R, Rana Y, Borces K et al. How are countries planning for costs of nutrition data and information systems? [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]. Gates Open Res 2020, 4:60.