The Importance of timely and good quality evidence to support nutrition sensitive safety nets programming in Ethiopia
The Importance of timely and good quality evidence to support
nutrition sensitive safety nets programming in Ethiopia
Guush Berhane, IFPRI/ESSP
2018 ReSAKSS Annual Conference
“Boosting growth to end hunger by 2025
The role of social protection”
AU small conference hall #3; Side-Event #7
Oct 24, 2018
Using evidence to make the PSNP nutrition-sensitive:
Lessons from IFPRI research in Ethiopia
• Collaboration, trust, partnership
• IFPRI was tasked to evaluate the PSNP sine 2006 and implemented large-scale surveys, every two years
afterwards (in collaboration with the CSA, MoA, DPs), helped establish strong local relationships.
• Quality data, analytical rigor, quality evidence
• IFPRI’s commitment to build quality data and useful evidence using state-of-the-art methods and analytical rigor
further strengthened trust and long-term partnership;
• IFPRI included basic anthropometric measures for pre-school children in 2008, 2010, and 2012, tracking the
same children for three-rounds, later used as input for discussions on nutritional outcomes!
• Perfect timing!
• IFPRI’s analysis of three rounds of anthropometric results showing “No impact of PSNP on nutrition outcomes”
coincided with timing of re-designing of the PSNP with interest to make it nutrition-sensitive.
• In-country presence
• Having researchers posted in-country facilitated IFPRI’s understanding of policy needs, policy processes, and
the decision cycle, as well as the mechanics of communicating the results in a timely fashion!
• Continued engagement
• Tracking of the nutrition-sensitive component of the PSNP4 continues as part of the main evaluation; Additional
funding gratefully received from BMGF in 2017 allows to collect more frequent data on seasonality elements &
child records – with further impact on mid-term reviews
• In sum, quality data, credible evidence, timing, trust and partnership, continued engagements
important for uptake of evidence to promote nutritional interventions!