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) (2013-2017), PATH supported high-quality evaluations of innovative nutrition programs to contribute to the global evidence base on improving maternal and child nutrition.

In all, PATH provided grants and technical assistance to 18 civil society organizations in 12 low- and middle-income countries to evaluate the effectiveness of their nutrition-related interventions. Programs covered:

  • 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).

Several grantees also evaluated the cost-effectiveness of interventions and assessed methods to scale up delivery.

Generating evidence on cost-effective nutrition interventions

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

Mother holding her infant.

Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.

NEEP prioritized 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.

PATH and NEEP grantees disseminated their new evidence to policymakers, country governments, donors, and implementers on the most effective and cost-effective interventions for scaling up nutrition programming and tackling maternal and child undernutrition.

NEEP Gap Analysis

NEEP addressed the 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 Resources


INFORMATION BRIEF: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

INFORMATION BRIEF: Early Childhood Development

INFORMATION BRIEF: Infant and Young Child Feeding

INFORMATION BRIEF: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

INFORMATION BRIEF: Women’s Empowerment

Meet the Grantees

Action Against Hunger / ACF International, Burkina Faso

Action Against Hunger / ACF International, Chad

Action Against Hunger / ACF International, Nepal

ACTED, Pakistan

BRAC, Bangladesh

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Cameroon

Concern Worldwide, Zambia

Eminence Associates for Social Development, Bangladesh

Evidence Action, Kenya

Helen Keller International, FAARM, Bangladesh

Helen Keller International, M2W2, Bangladesh

Helen Keller International, Indonesia

Micronutritient Initiative / Nutrition International, Ethiopia

Organic Health Response, Kenya

Population Council, Zambia

Save the Children, Malawi

Southampton University, United Kingdom

Zambian Centre for Applied Health Research and Development, Zambia

Grantee Publications

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

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services 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”

Concern Worldwide Final Report: Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) in Zambia


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Donor support

NEEP was a four-year project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).