The strategy for the Cost-Effectiveness work stream focuses on 1) new modalities of response to emergencies 2) tools to support more cost-effective decision making in food aid programming 3) cost-effectiveness research methods and translation of cost-effectiveness results to policy (in conjunction with FAQR Field Research).

Cost Tool

Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) Food Aid Choice Decision Support Tool for More Cost-Effective Programming of Specialized Nutritious Food Aid Products

The FAQR Decision Support Tool aims to:

The FAQR Decision Support Tool aims to facilitate policy makers and food aid program officers to make more informed decisions on cost-effectiveness (cost per impact) in nutrition programming of specialized food aid products. Through an interactive web-based interface, the tool provides a conceptual framework and data to guide users consider important factors on programming, cost, and impact that contribute to improved cost-effectiveness (cost per impact) for specific nutrition programming purposes. Examples of nutrition purposes include treatment of SAM, management of MAM, and prevention of malnutrition/stunting. Examples of specialized nutritious food aid products include Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF) such as RUTF and RUSF, and Fortified-Blended Foods (FBF) such as CSB+ and SC+.

One-Page Briefs

  • Cost-Effectiveness in Response to Emergencies Summary
  • Decision Support Tool for Selection Among Nutritionally-Enhanced Food Aid Products Summary
  • Treatment of MA Reserch Study Summary

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Salone 2.0 CE Methods EB 2017

Shen, Y., Griswold, S., Suri, D., Vosti, S., and Rogers, B.