Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Global Program

Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP)

Supporting high-quality evaluations for nutrition programs

Close up of a woman wearing a white head scarf with a red cross on it. She is carrying an infant in a black and green sling.

Photo: PATH/Teresa Guillien.

Through the Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP), PATH is supporting high-quality evaluations of the most innovative nutrition programs to contribute to the global evidence base on improving maternal and child nutrition.

Selected civil society organizations will receive grants to test the effectiveness of their nutrition-related  interventions. Programs could be in the areas of:

  • Nutrition-specific interventions that address the immediate causes of undernutrition (such as: breastfeeding promotion; complementary feeding in food-insecure contexts; and micronutrient supplementation).
  • Nutrition-sensitive interventions that address the underlying causes of undernutrition (such as: agriculture; women’s empowerment; social protection; and water, sanitation, and hygiene).
  • Interventions that support an enabling environment for nutrition programing (such as: private-sector engagement; advocacy; and intersectoral strategies to improve nutrition).

Support will also be provided to evaluate cost-effectiveness of interventions and assess methods to scale up delivery.

Generating evidence on cost-effective nutrition interventions

NEEP strives to contribute to the reduction of undernutrition by building the nutrition evidence base.

Mother holding her infant.

Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.

NEEP will prioritize evaluation activities in areas where evidence is lacking and with a strong focus on interventions that can be delivered at scale and implemented with value-for-money.

NEEP will disseminate evidence to policymakers, country governments, donors, and implementers on the most effective and cost-effective interventions for scaling up nutrition programing and tackling maternal and child undernutrition.

NEEP Gap Analysis

NEEP aims to address knowledge gaps on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of maternal and child nutrition interventions and how they can be delivered at scale. To this end, a process to identify and prioritise evaluation activities that address evidence gaps was conducted at the program start. Below is NEEP’s Gap Analysis report, which identifies the high-priority areas for investment in evidence-building for nutrition and describes the methods used in determining these gap areas. The report’s three supporting annexes, containing the detailed results of the analyses, are also below.

NEEP Updates

Event: Brown Bag with Population Council

Final Evaluation Report: “Impact of a community-based package of interventions on child development in Zambia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial”

Final Evaluation Report: “The potential effectiveness of the nutrition improvement program on infant and young child feeding and nutritional status in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon, Central Africa” — Cameroon Baptist Convention

Boosting Nutrition Through Crops and Community

NEEP Learning Center at the Micronutrient Forum 2016

Cost-effectiveness analysis for nutrition and food security: pros, cons, and lessons learned within Action Against Hunger

Improving Child Nutrition and Development in Southern Malawi: One Meal at a Time

Final Report: RAIN project Zambia — Concern Worldwide

NEEP on the ground: Jasmine and the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme

Highlight: Nutrition Improvement Program at Cameroon Baptist Convention

NEEP Global Meeting

20 Grantees are Evaluating Nutrition Interventions through NEEP

Grantee Updates

RAIN Project Brief No. 6 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)

RAIN Project Brief No. 5 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)

RAIN Project Brief No. 4 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)

RAIN Project Brief No. 3 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)

RAIN Project Brief No. 2 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)

RAIN Project Brief No. 1 (Concern Worldwide Zambia)


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