The Cost-Effectiveness work stream’s main objective is to maximize value for money through translation of cost-effectiveness evidence for use in food assistance policy and programming.  In particular, it focuses on 1) developing Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET), an interactive application for decision support in programming specialized nutritious foods; 2) conducting cost-effectiveness research and interpreting cost-effectiveness analysis results in conjunction with the FAQR Field Research work stream.

Cost Tool

The FAQR Cost-Effectiveness Work Stream aims to: 

1)  Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET) for Decision Support in Programming Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNFs): 

Recognizing the operational gap to incorporate the cost-effectiveness objective into the complex decision-making around programming specialized nutritious foods (SNFs), the FAQR team developed the Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET). 

FACET is a tool application with an open-access interactive interface. The tool’s framework guides users through a series of decisions on parameters important to improving cost-effectiveness of food assistance programs involving SNFs.  For each parameter, the tool provides users with up-to-date evidence (databases, literatures, etc.) via interactive texts and visualizations to assist in the selection of parameter.  At each step of the process, users are informed of the effects of their choices on the overall cost and cost-effectiveness of the intended program.  Each set of choices can be saved as a scenario, and all saved scenarios can then be easily compared online or be exported into an excel table. Flexibility for customized user input is also allowed. For example, while the tool only supplies USAID in-kind procurement cost data, users can directly input local and regional procurement (LRP) prices for a SNF product.  

2) Cost-Effectiveness Research in Conjunction with the FAQR Field Research Work Stream: 

Please check out the FAQR Field Research for more details.

One-Page Briefs

  • Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Four Specialized Foods for Treatment of MAM: Field Research in Sierra Leone Summary
  • Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Four Specialized Foods for Prevention of Stunting and Wasting: Field Research in Burkina Faso Summary
  • Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET) Brief​

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