SMART Methodology Version 1
March 6, 2007

Presentation & Demonstration Summary (PDF 34kb)

Objectives:
· To introduce SMART Methodology Version 1 to NGO partners
· To provide hands-on experience with Nutrisurvey software program
· To discuss NGO monitoring and evaluation (relief and development)

SMART Methodology Version 1
April 2006

We are pleased to announce that the SMART Methodology Version 1 (PDF 1.5Mb) and the SMART Calculator (XLS 800Kb) have been finalized based on pilot-testing in several countries:

  • Chad (Action Against Hunger USA – nutrition/mortality/software)
  • Madagascar (UNICEF – nutrition/mortality/software)
  • Mali (Action Against Hunger Spain – nutrition/mortality/software)
  • Niger (Action Against Hunger Spain – nutrition/mortality/software)
  • Nigeria (MSF/France – food security)
  • Somalia (FAO – nutrition/software).

Grateful thanks to those who used the draft and provided feedback for finalizing Version 1. We encourage further field use to help develop Version 2. A meeting will be organized in about 10-12 months to collectively review these field experiences.

A comprehensive capacity building program is being initiated to help field implementers. Opportunities for training will be announced via this website.

This critical work was made possible by funds provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Thanks also to those who provided their own funds for pilot-testing, including Action Against Hunger, MSF, and FAO/Somalia.

"The draft SMART Methodology Version 1 have place-holders for the sections on Interpretation and Recommendations.
Kindly review the sections from the SCF/UK manual as a starting point for discussion.
Comments should be sent to Anne Ralte, and Arabella Duffield."

Nutrisystem Works with ADA to Stop Diabetes

Nutrisystem D is a diet plan for diabetic people created by Nutrisystem—a commercial provider of weight loss products. The company created this program after 35 years of research and extensive experience with millions of people who needed to lose weight. Based on the science of Glycemic Index, this food plan comprises mainly of good carbs and relatively high amounts of fiber. Clinical trials have proven that Nutrisystem D is effective at lowering AC1 levels in people who have diabetes. Nutrisystem has joined efforts with American Diabetes Association to stop diabetes. To this end, Nutrisystem has so far donated over $250,000 to encourage the continuation of the "Stop Diabetes" movement. This generous contribution reflects the loyal customers of this weight loss program. Nutrisystem's popularity increased especially after a study published in Postgraduate Medicine, demonstrating its effectiveness on overweight diabetic patients. Coupon codes for Nutrisystem and Nutrisystem reviews have also encouraged people to get on this diet plan.

Nutrisurvey - SMART Protocol 01/27/05

The goal of NutriSurvey "SMART Protocol Version 1" has been developed and is available for review. This is a survey methodology that integrates the assessment of nutritional status, mortality rate and food security with an accompanying windows-based analytical software. The software is simple and flexible for data entry and analysis, with quality assurance checks built into the program. The software is available at www.nutrisurvey.de/ena/ena.htm. The development of the "SMART Protocol" is iterative based on research findings and best practices. The attached draft "Version 1" should serve as the primer or the basic essential tool for assessment.

MuscleandStrength.com Joins Battle Against Obesity

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CE-DAT:
A Global Database on the Human Impact of Conflicts and other Complex Emergencies

The Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT) is an international initiative to monitor and evaluate the health status of populations in regions affected by conflicts and other complex emergencies.

CE-DAT, maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, aims to:

  • Provide key mortality, nutritional and health indicators for rational humanitarian aid decision-making.
  • Promote the effectiveness of international policies on conflict prevention and response through evidence-based trend analyses and impact briefings.
  • Strengthen the capacity of national and international field agencies in data collection.
  • Improve standardization and establish norms to enable the comparability of complex emergency data across time and space.

    The database, covering some 40 countries worldwide, is publicly-accessible through the CE-DAT website and includes essential health indicators such as mortality, malnutrition, and vaccination coverage rates.

    To consult the database, please go to www.cedat.be

Ralte, Anne (USAID). SMART: a collaborative approach to determining humanitarian needs, Humanitarian Exchange, Humanitarian Practice Network at ODI, Number 32 December 2005.
"The way in which humanitarian needs are defined and prioritised can mean the difference between life and death for millions of the world’s poorest people. It is,therefore, critical that donors and humanitarian organisations invest effort and resources to ensure that our understanding is as accurate as possible, and programmes are directed to those most in need.

Responses to emergencies require a consistently accurate picture of the scale and nature of the problems people face. Decisions should be informed by that understanding. But until now there has been no system-wide framework for judging the relative severity of situations. This may change with the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) initiative."

Link

Proposed Field Protocols for Core Data Collection

This program is developed as an interagency collaboration. Program web site is developed and maintained by the Linking Complex Emergency Response and Transition Initiative (CERTI) and hosted by the Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, part of Tulane University.


Please note that this web site is intended to be an online workspace for the SMART program, and as such is under constant revision.