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Practitioners working in nutrition must start thinking about the effect food, health, and education systems have on nutrition practices and outcomes. “Systems thinking” means paying attention to the unpredictable interactions among actors, sectors, disciplines, and determinants of nutrition. That thinking results in new ways of approaching, analyzing, and solving challenges, which must be applied through policy development, program design, implementation, and research. SPRING approaches systems in two ways – by articulating and promoting systems thinking for nutrition and by strengthening specific components of those systems. This paper makes the case for why systems thinking is important for nutrition and proposes several approaches to strengthening systems for nutrition.
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Quantitative Tools and Methods
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Screencast: Complexity-Aware Monitoring Discussion Note
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This Note provides guidance on the use of focus group interviews within evaluations.
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This Note provides guidance on using case studies in USAID evaluations.
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New Directions in Local Capacity Development
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This is a historical resource.The Discussion Note shares information from a 2013 internal assessment of M&E Platforms based on experience from across the Agency.  Data for this report are based on key informant interviews with USAID staff and a review of contract documents for M&E Platforms, including...
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