Nutrition Programming Design Assistant (NPDA)

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The Nutrition Program Design Assistant is a tool to help organizations design the nutrition component of their community-based maternal and child health, food security, or other development program. The tool focuses on prevention and also provides guidance on recuperative approaches that are needed when there is a high prevalence of acute malnutrition. The tool has two components: (1) a reference guide for understanding the nutrition situation and identifying and selecting program approaches, and (2) a workbook to record information, decisions, and decision-making rationale. The workbook is available as a pdf or Word file, and includes a separate Excel file with adaptable templates to use as needed for data collection and developing a Logical Framework.

The 2015 updated version reflects several changes in the nutrition programming landscape, including:

  • New initiatives such as the 1,000 days and Scaling Up Nutrition movements
  • New research/best practices, including revisions to World Health Organization micronutrient guidelines, the 2013 Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition, and guidelines on treatment of moderate acute malnutrition
  • New programming guidance from donors

The creation of the tool was a highly collaborative effort coordinated by FANTA, Save the Children (including the Technical and Operational Performance Support Program), and the CORE Group’s Nutrition Working Group. 

Electronic versions of the tool and related resources are available on CORE Group’s website.

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