Final Summary: Nutrition Tracking

Though I will be continuing this project throughout the coming semester, I have summarized my research from my work in-country and explained how it has impacted  my data analysis strategy thus far.

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Renewed Effort Against Child Hunger (REACH) and AidData

After coordinating and leading a GIS training at the Makerere University School of Public Health, I returned to focusing on nutrition mapping. I developed a concept note for the integration of AidData geocoding with the stakeholder mapping process, collaborated with contacts at MUSPH, the WFP, and the SUN secretariat on my planned methodology, and finally scored a meeting with the Uganda SUN focal person from the Office of the Prime Minister. I’ve come to learn that collaborating with government/UN agencies can be pretty hierarchical. After I pitched my concept note to the SUN focal person and received her approval and enthusiasm about moving forward, my work was taken more seriously at the WFP. She connected me with the REACH consultant who was working on the micro-level mapping I discussed in my last post. We worked together to edit the terms of reference for the mapping process and split the methodology into three sections: (1) Situation analysis (a review of nutrition indicators in Uganda) (2) Coverage map (AidData macro-mapping) and (3) Local context (REACH micro-mapping).

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Micro-level Mapping

Sorry for my absence! The last few weeks of my time in Uganda were a whirlwind of meetings, navigating a crazy city, and going on an awesome safari.

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Questionnaire Development

I’m sorry the combination of intensive Swahili classes and limited internet have kept me from blogging, but I’m officially the full swing of my project it’s time for some updates. While the interview portion of my project is well underway, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the work that goes into a survey. Which after three survey projects I have found is always more than you expect.

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