Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT)
Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT) is a four-year initiative (2017-2021) that aims to transform the availability and use of nutrition data by addressing gaps in nutrition measurement and advocating for stronger nutrition data systems.
In contexts with a high burden of undernutrition, there has been an expansion of investments to strengthen multi-sectorial actions for nutrition. Monitoring progress towards achieving nutrition targets requires high-quality and relevant data. Nutrition data systems are fragmented and incomplete in many low- and middle-income countries. As a result, it is challenging for governments, development partners, and other nutrition stakeholders to access and use data to assess progress and appropriately allocate resources.
DataDENT works with the multisectoral nutrition community to expand the use of data for nutrition decision-making globally, including five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, and India) and two replication regions (West Africa and Southeast Asia). DataDENT
- tracks a set of nutrition indicators and identifies ways to promote data use through effective data visualization tools
- convenes nutrition stakeholders to advance data systems for nutrition and develop related technical guidance
- advances nutrition intervention measurement and advocacy.
DataDENT is implemented by the Institute for International Programs (IIP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Results for Development Institute (R4D). IIP oversees day-to-day management of the project.