The NIPN operational cycle consists of the following key functions:
Formulating key policy questions by identifying policy demand for evidence.
Examining available data and evidence to respond to these policy questions.
Establishing a data and knowledge repository, which allows for maximum use of existing data and findings that will be used for further nutrition analysis by a wide set of NIPN stakeholders.
Communicating findings with high-level decision-makers to guide evidence-informed decision making for nutrition policies, programming, and financing.