Nutrition assessment & surveillance
Understanding the extent of malnutrition, its underlying causes, and how these change over time is essential to the design and implementation of nutrition and food security programs. AED works with donor agencies and implementing organizations to develop nutrition assessment and surveillance systems that provide accurate, informative, cost-efficient, and timely data for the situation at hand. AED experts advise on statistically appropriate methods of data analysis, collaborating with donor agencies and implementing organizations to interpret and use the data for action-oriented decisions, including those related to early warning and response planning, program monitoring and evaluation, and the design and implementation of effective nutrition and food security programs to improve the overall well-being of the population. AED staff regularly publish issues papers and briefs to summarize the scientific evidence underpinning the programs it supports, with the goal of making this information accessible to users in the field.