Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP)
Supporting high-quality evaluations for nutrition programs
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.
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 Gap Analysis
- ANNEX 1 – Gap Analysis Framework
- ANNEX 2 – Strength of Evidence Assessment
- ANNEX 3 – Priority Matrix
Meet the Grantees
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”
For more information regarding this project, please contact NEEP@path.org.
NEEP was a four-year project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).