Cost-Effectiveness

The Cost-Effectiveness Work Stream’s main objective is to maximize available funds when allocating scarce resources for international nutrition programming.  The Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET) for Supporting Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF) Programming Decisions was developed with the goal to support evidence-informed cost-effective decision-making.  

The FAQR Cost-Effectiveness Work Stream aims to: 

Finalize FACET and its accompanying materials to be hosted by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Huminatarian Assistance (BHA) formerly known as The Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Co-led with USAID PoCs, knowledge transfer activities and FACET launch event will be completed to ensure USAID’s institutional ownership of the tool.  

FACET should be used by funders and implementers who make product, procurement, and program design decisions related to targeted supplementary feeding, therapeutic feeding, and preventive supplementary feeding programs, particularly during the planning, proposal development and review, and end-line reporting and review phases of these programs. 

 

FACET is a computer-based interactive tool that estimates cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness indicators for international nutrition programs occurring in contexts where SNF products (in-kind or locally/regionally procured) are deemed an appropriate modality. FACET applies to development settings as well as protracted and complex emergency settings.

 

The FACET framework was designed to guide decision-makers such as funders and implementers to explicitly incorporate cost-effectiveness as a factor in the decision-making process. FACET walks users through specific information on SNF program design, costs and nutrition impact so that they can compare cost-effectiveness among alternative SNF product, procurement, or program design choices.  

 

During the final year of FAQR Phase III, the FAQR team will finalize FACET and its accompanying materials, which will then be delivered to and hosted by USAID/BHA. In coordination with USAID/BHA contacts, the FAQR team will also organize a launch webinar and a series of targeted training sessions for potential users.  


Resources

  • Food Assistance Cost-Effectiveness Tool (FACET) Brief​

Questions about this work stream?

Contact Ye Shen at ye.shen@tufts.edu or tuftsfaqr@gmail.com