Poster Topical Area: Methods and Protocols
Location: Hall D
Poster Board Number: 666
Objectives: Data4Diets: Building Blocks for Diet-related Food Security Analysis is a web-based tool designed to help policy makers, program implementers, and data analysts select 'fit for purpose' indicators, data sources, and indicator construction methods for a range of policy applications related to dietary aspects of food security.
Data4Diets has been developed as part of the International Dietary Data Expansion (INDDEX) Project, which aims to scale up the availability, access, and use of dietary and food consumption data. Its objective is to provide a unifying structure and user-friendly tool for those interested in learning more about, and using, dietary-related food security indicators and relevant data sources to better inform policies aiming to improve quality and security of diets in low and middle-income countries.
Methods: In 2015 and 2016, a review of key data sources with food security and nutrition related indicators was conducted. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied to all indicators with the objective of including diet-related food security indicators and excluding indicators related to causes and consequences of food security. Data sources and methods were identified based on expert feedback. The concept of Data4Diets, and its content, were peer-reviewed by the Technical Advisory Group of the INDDEX Project both through a series of webinars and direct review of the indicator profiles.
Results: Of nearly 300 indicators identified, 46 remained after applying the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Indicators were organized according to an adapted version of the food security framework proposed by Coates (2013), which includes the food security dimensions of quantity, quality, safety, cultural preference, stability, and sustainability. The indicators link to information on data sources and construction methods, as well as example analyses to provide concrete ideas for application. Data4Diets can be accessed at http://inddex.nutrition.tufts.edu/data4diets
Conclusions: Data4Diets: Building Blocks for Diet-related Food Security Analysis is a dynamic web-based tool developed by the INDDEX Project with the objective of aiding program implementers and policy makers in identifying 'fit for purpose' indicators, data sources, and conducting analyses.
Tufts University, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy