New report on Scaling Up Impact on Nutrition: What Will It Take?
In July 2015, a new report was launched by the International Food Policy Research Institute to synthesize the critical elements required to improve nutrition impact at scale. The report recognises that whilst there is global consensus on the need to improve nutrition, little is known about how to operationalise the right mix of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive actions that will generate impact.
Methods used by the researchers, Stuart Gillespie, Purnima Menon and Andrew L Kennedy, included a thorough literature review, consultation with experts, condensing of 36 theoretical frameworks and 19 programme experiences, and, in-depth case studies of four scaled-up programs.
Nine elements emerge as central to scaling up impact on nutrition:
- having a clear vision or goal for impact
- intervention characteristics
- an enabling organizational context for scaling up
- establishing drivers such as catalysts, champions, system-wide ownership, and incentives;
- choosing contextually relevant strategies and pathways for scaling up
- building operational and strategic capacities
- ensuring adequacy, stability, and flexibility of financing
- ensuring adequate governance structures and systems
- embedding mechanisms for monitoring, learning, and accountability
The report identifies that in order to translate the current political commitment to fight malnutrition, attention will need to be focused on these nine elements.
The report is supported by the Transform Nutrition Consortium, with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development. The free access article, can be downloaded from Advances in Nutrition