The Need

Gender equality and improved nutrition

Good nutrition and gender equality are mutually reinforcing. Improved nutrition is critical to achieving gender equality, and in turn, improving gender equality leads to improved nutrition. A framework is needed for monitoring these links.

Our Solution

Closing the data gap on gender and nutrition

This collaboration adapts and uses Nutrition International’s existing Nutrition Intervention Monitoring System (NIMS) toolkits, survey data, and global surveys to:

  • Test gender equality and empowerment indicators
  • Create a gender indicator specific to nutrition programs
  • Test measures of data quality from routine and intermittent monitoring sources
  • Optimize tools for routine monitoring to ensure the quality of Nutrition International programs

Nutrition Intervention Monitoring System (NIMS) toolkit

The NIMS toolkit harmonizes Nutrition International’s data collection system for reporting program value-add through standardized survey tools and quality metrics to derive quality data for impact modeling using Nutrition International’s OMNI tool.

However, NIMS did not yet include gender- and equality-sensitive indicators and harmonized and quality assured methods for collecting routine monitoring data for rapid course correction.

This grant from Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health responds to this gap.

The Impact

Improving the quality of our programs

This collaboration will allow us to better assess gender and equality aspects of our program, develop gender- and equality-related nutrition indicators, create standardized and quality assured methods for routine monitoring and make the NIMS survey toolkit available online.