West Africa’s Data Story The Availability of Actionable Nutrition Data: Evidence Note

In order to improve nutrition, countries must have access to nutrition indicators that allow them to effectively track progress, set priorities, inform policy and program decisions, and guide implementation and monitoring. To identify gaps and opportunities in national data systems, we assessed the availability of data for key country-level nutrition indicators. Results are presented in country data profiles.

Across West Africa, there is good inclusion of data on childhood, child nutrition outcomes, and pregnancy, and data sources meet the specified quality dimensions. Nutrition outcomes for WRA and the general adult population, however, are not as widely covered in surveys and do not meet the standards of quality used in this assessment; data is also lacking on coverage of interventions during adolescence, preconception, and delivery. Limited access to administrative data sources hampered the assessment of data availability and its usability.