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NIPN Project Documents

The NIPN’s Sustainability Plan

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This plan is prepared as a road map to guide the continuity of NIPN beyond the project period and ensure long-lasting impact in the nutrition sector. The specific objectives of the plan describe the NIPN’s interventions and specific actions which foster sustainability, the future plans for the sustained use of the NIPN and its services, and the NIPN’s fundraising plan to diversify its funding portfolio.

Using Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) to Inform Analyses: Identifying Drivers of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Ethiopia

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To respond to one of the research questions (What are the drivers of NCDs i.e., overweight/obesity, hypertension, and diabetes in Ethiopia?), NIPN embarked on a new approach for data analysis. The approach uses causal path diagrams otherwise known as ‘directed acyclic graphs’ (DAGs) which have been constructed as part of the methodological framework underpinning the analysis. This approach was used by the NIPN data analysis team.

The NIPN’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan

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This NIPN M&E Plan forms part of the implementation and project management of the NIPN. It describes the NIPN’s results framework, its intervention logic and theory of change, the M&E processes, the team, the data quality, and flow, data sources, collection, management, analysis, and reporting. It also provides an overview of the M&E matrix with indicators, targets, and means of verification.

The NIPN’s Policy Question Formulation (PQF) Process

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As part of the NIPN project cycle a policy question formulation (PQF) process takes place to help government ministries and the NIPN identify key nutrition policy questions which need to be answered to inform policy revisions, strategy development and program implementation. The initial PQF process was elaborate; it included literature reviews, interviews with key stakeholders and several consultative meetings. It resulted in consensus on 12 policy questions. This PQF report, describes the process NIPN undertook to identify the nutrition policy questions, to validate them through the two committees (NIPN AC and the MER SC), and includes lessons learned.

NIPN rapid guideline for rapid literature review

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NIPN rapid guideline for rapid literature review
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As part of the implementation of the NIPN operational cycle in Ethiopia, a set of priority policy questions were identified in 2019. Responses to most of these policy questions will be based on analysis of existing data, but a rapid literature review will help to refine the policy questions and provide useful information to guide the analysis. A rapid literature review will ensure that the NIPN analysis considers existing global evidence. In addition, some of the policy questions can be answered by a synthesis of existing evidence through a rapid literature review. To support this process, EPHI's partner for NIPN, the International Food Policy Research Institute, has developed a guideline which provides the NIPN team with the necessary steps it should take to complete a rapid literature review. This guideline considers lessons learned during the "learning by doing research project" implemented under NIPN in 2018 and is inspired by various other learning events at EPHI. To demonstrate how some of this guidance can be implemented,  the guideline also uses sample questions from the 2019 policy question formulation process. For more information, please download the guideline here.

The NIPN Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) Report

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EPHI and IFPRI jointly conducted a NIPN Capacity Needs Assessment (NIPN CNA) to identify capacity needs and recommend strategies to strengthen capacities for nutrition monitoring, evaluation, policy research, data and knowledge sharing.

The main objective of this NIPN CNA was to support the identification of capacity needs and the development of a roadmap intended to strengthen national capacities for nutrition monitoring, evaluation, policy research, data and knowledge sharing, and to implement a sustainable national information platform for nutrition.

The report presents the results of a capacity needs assessment conducted in the nutrition policy system and proposes a set of recommendations to strengthen national capacity for nutrition monitoring, evaluation and policy research. While the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN) is the entry point for this assessment, national capacity needs and gaps related to monitoring, evaluation, policy research and knowledge management for nutrition have been considered more broadly.here

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National Information Platform for Nutrition Communication Strategy

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NIPN-Ethiopia finalized its communication strategy aiming to bridge effective communication among the stakeholders, including researchers, decisions makers, implementers and the general public. As a key platform supporting the implementation of the national Food and Nutrition Policy, the NIPN aims to deliver evidence to decision makers in a timely manner. Successful implementation of the NIPN is built on the assumption that communication between researchers and decision makers can be challenging. To address existing communication challenges that hamper evidence-based decision making, a coordinated and comprehensive NIPN Communication Strategy was finalized in March 2020. The NIPN Communication Strategy identifies the relevant communication challenges, maps out the NIPN activities which require communication, links those activities to specific audiences, defines the key messages and proposes the different communication channels for each audience here.