Transforming decision making on emergency feeding programmes

Organisation: Save the Children UK

Partners: Centres for Disease Control - Atlanta

Location: Global

Type of grant: Core – development

Status: Completed



Summary: Improving Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning of feeding programmes using a state of the art Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Report” to improve standardisation and enhance the quality of Supplementary Feeding Programmes for children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition in emergencies

Challenge(s) addressed:

  • Poor quality and inconsistent SFP reporting, leading to difficulties in assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of programmes and biased decision making across the humanitarian community
  • Concerns over the quality of the interventions and limited impacts for children
  • Poor NGO accountability to beneficiaries of SFPs

Innovation Factor: The CMAM report is a standardised guideline and Access™ based software, supported by an E-learning module, to train NGOs and local and national governments who wish to use it. This innovation is the first and only nutrition programme monitoring system to integrate background programme and population information with data on the child beneficiaries of feeding programmes.

Added Value: The CMAM report increases both the quality and consistency of SFP reporting and allows better understanding of a nutrition programme’s performance, flagging problems and highlighting interventions that are achieving their objectives in different geographical locations. This novel tool will allow NGOs, donors, local and national governments to compare performance of programmes in different contexts as well as enabling NGO users to take any necessary remedial actions at a programme level and ensure that the feeding programmes being run have maximum impact.  Such comparisons would, in addition, greatly facilitate improved programme design and delivery, and ultimately lead to greater impacts for children.

Innovation Phases Description: The CMAM report will be developed in two important ways to ensure its wide use to maximum effect among the humanitarian nutrition community: 1. Developing an innovative web and tablet-based update of the CMAM software to improve user-friendliness and uptake; and 2. Using this software to prospectively gather a full and comparable dataset for a robust and unique investigation of SFP performance (to be led by CDC Atlanta).

Key Deliverables / Impact: The CMAM software platform will be changed from MS™ Access to a web-based platform and helpdesk will be maintained.  The CMAM training package (guidelines and training materials) will be revised and delivered to a wide range of SFP implementing partners.  The study will involve review of SFP field data collected during the year to compare different SFP contexts an approaches to identify how best to maximise performance. The analysis will inform the humanitarian nutrition sector about whether SFPs work, under which conditions they work effectively and ineffectively, and where alternative interventions should be implemented for a cost effective humanitarian response that is accountable to the emergency affected community.

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