Webinars

Past Webinars

As of April 2021, Data for Nutrition has hosted 13 webinars, including 3 webinars series: ‘Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making’, ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19‘, and ‘Survey Sampling Strategies’.

Click on the titles below for more information about each webinar.

Contributions of the Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) to Food Insecurity Monitoring & Policy Making Globally

This is the fourth webinar in the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19’ series. Learn more about this series and our previous webinars here.

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials here.

Date and Time:

September 1, 2021 9:00 – 10:30 AM ET / 6:30 – 8:00 PM IST

Description:

The Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) is an experience-based food insecurity scale originally created for Latin American and Caribbean contexts. Since its creation, its use has expanded globally and it became the basis for FAO’s Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES). Join us for a discussion of the influence of experience based scales on food security monitoring and policy making globally. Presentations will showcase examples of how the ELCSA has been used in Mexico and Sri Lanka. Confirmed speakers include Rafael Perez-Escamilla (Yale University), Mireya Vilar-Compte (Montclair State University), and Thilini Agampodi (Rajarata University of Sri Lanka). Commentary and Q&A moderated by Pablo Gaitán-Rossi (Universidad Iberoamericana) will follow presentations.

Speakers:

Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Director, Global Health Concentration

@YaleSPH, @rperezescamilla

Mireya Vilar-Compte

Associate Professor, Montclair State University

@montclairstateu, @Mvilar213

Thilini Agampodi

Professor, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

Moderator:

Pablo Gaitán-Rossi

Associate Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana

@equide_ibero, @IBEROinvestiga, @pablogaitan

Survey Sampling Strategies: Geospatial Sampling with the Simple Spatial Survey Method (S3M)

Household surveys are a primary source of nutrition data in many countries. Fundamental decisions about survey sampling have big implications for the cost and use of data. The ‘Survey Sampling Strategies’ DfN webinar series examines different methods for household survey sampling and why they may be preferred for different use cases.

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials in the coming  here.

Date and Time:

July 20, 2021 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET / 2:00 – 3:00 PM WAT

Description:

During the first webinar in the ‘Survey Sampling Strategies’ webinar series, speaker Mark Myatt (Brixton Health) will showcase S3M, an area-based sampling method. His presentation will share how S3M can be used to assess risk of micronutrient deficiency, program targeting efficiency and program coverage among other indicators as well as share examples from a study conducted in Sudan. Q&A moderated by Rebecca Heidkamp (JHSPH) will follow the presentation.

Speaker:

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epidemiologist, Brixton Health

Moderator:

Rebecca Heidkamp

Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

@JohnsHopkinsSPH, @JohnsHopkinsIH, @Data_DENT, @r_heidkamp

How Can We Measure Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection? Unpacking data, challenges, and opportunities to improve nutrition through school feeding programs

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials here.

Date and Time:

July 27, 2021 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET

Description:

Social protection programs are important platforms for delivering nutrition interventions. Many countries have invested in school feeding programs to extend the reach of nutrition-sensitive social protection to children and their families. Join us for a discussion of the global landscape of school feeding programs and the development of metrics for assessing the coverage of nutrition-sensitive social protection programs. Presentations will showcase examples from the Global Survey of School Meal Programs©. Confirmed Speakers include Ayala Wineman (GCNF) and Nadia Akseer (JHSPH). Q&A moderated by Rebecca Heidkamp (JHSPH) will follow presentations.

Speakers:

Ayala Wineman

Research Coordinator, Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF)

@GCNFoundation

Nadia Akseer

Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

@JohnsHopkinsSPH, @JohnsHopkinsIH, @Data_DENT

Moderator:

Rebecca Heidkamp

Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

@JohnsHopkinsSPH, @JohnsHopkinsIH, @Data_DENT, @r_heidkamp

Contributions of the Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) to Food Insecurity Montoring & Policy Making Globally

This is the fourth webinar in the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19’ series. Learn more about this series and our previous webinars here.

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials in the coming weeks here.

Date and Time:

September 1, 2021 9:00 – 10:30 AM ET / 6:30 – 8:00 PM IST

Description:

The Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) is an experience-based food insecurity scale originally created for Latin American and Caribbean contexts. Since its creation, its use has expanded globally and it became the basis for FAO’s Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES). Join us for a discussion of the influence of experience based scales on food security monitoring and policy making globally. Presentations will showcase examples of how the ELCSA has been used in Mexico and Sri Lanka. Confirmed speakers include Rafael Perez-Escamilla (Yale University), Mireya Vilar-Compte (Montclair State University), and Thilini Agampodi (Rajarata University of Sri Lanka). Commentary and Q&A moderated by Pablo Gaitán-Rossi (Universidad Iberoamericana) will follow presentations.

Speakers:

Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Director, Global Health Concentration

@YaleSPH, @rperezescamilla

Mireya Vilar-Compte

Associate Professor, Montclair State University

@montclairstateu, @Mvilar213

Thilini Agampodi

Professor, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

Moderator:

Pablo Gaitán-Rossi

Associate Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana

@equide_ibero, @IBEROinvestiga, @pablogaitan

Using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) for Estimating Impact of Nutrition Programs

Data for Nutrition members can RSVP to the event and access dial-in information and supplementary content here.

Date and Time:

April 14, 2021 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

Description:

This webinar presented a general overview of the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), including a demonstration of the new online version of the software. The webinar looked at how LiST handles nutrition in the model with a focus on new additions to the software. Neff Walker (JHSPH) will present. Q&A followed the presentation.

Speaker:

Neff Walker

Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

@LivesSavedTool

https://www.livessavedtool.org/

Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making: What have we learnt so far?

This webinar is the fourth in the ‘Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making‘ series. 

Data for Nutrition members can RSVP to the event and access dial-in information and supplementary content here.

Date and Time:

December 16, 2020 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST/ 6:00 – 7:30 PM EAT/ 8:30 – 10:00 PM IST

Description:

In recent years, we have seen a proliferation of global data visualization tools (DVTs) for nutrition. These tools aid audiences in interpreting data and focusing on key priorities. During this webinar, we will share collated findings from studies conducted by the Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT) team. Following the presentation, expert panelists will discuss their perspectives as donors, advocates, and implementing partners of nutrition programs and policies, and share insights from their experiences developing and using DVTs for nutrition. Confirmed speakers include Yashodhara Rana (R4D), Augustin Flory (R4D), Shawn Baker (USAID), Purnima Menon (IFPRI), Melanie Renshaw (African Leaders Malaria Alliance), and Paul Newnham (SDG2 Advocacy Hub). Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Presenter:

Yashodhara Rana 

Senior Program Officer, Results for Development

@yashodhararana

Panelists:

Shawn Baker

Chief Nutritionist, United States Agency for International Development

Melanie Renshaw

Chief Technical Advisor, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

Paul Newnham

Director, SDG2 Advocacy Hub Secretariat

@paulnewnham

http://sdg2advocacyhub.org/

Purnima Menon

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

@PMenonIFPRI

Moderator:

Augustin Flory

Managing Director, Nutrition, Results for Development

@AugustinFlory

Measuring Food and Nutrition Security for Urban Consumers in Times of the COVID-19 Crisis

Data for Nutrition members can RSVP to the event and access dial-in information and supplementary content here.

Date and Time:

December 08, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST/ 5:00 – 6:00 PM EAT

Description:

This event is the third Data for Nutrition webinar to discuss measuring food security during COVID-19 and compliments the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19‘ series. Speakers will discuss metrics for measuring food and nutrition security among urban consumers, as well as share findings from studies conducted in Kenya and Ethiopia. Confirmed speakers include Christine Chege (The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) and Alan de Brauw (International Food Policy Research Institute). Q&A will follow the presentation.

Speakers:

Christine Chege

Agri-Nutrition & Food Systems Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

@CGKChege

@BiovIntCIAT_eng  

Alan de Brauw

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

What’s New with Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W)? Discussing methods for data collection and updated measurement guidance

Data for Nutrition members can RSVP to the event and access dial-in information and supplementary content here.

Date and Time:

December 03, 2020 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST/ 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET

Description:

Speakers from the FAO Minimum Dietary Diversity Women (MDD-W) project will share findings from the recent study that compared the two commonly used methods to collect MDD-W data—list-based and open recall—against Weighed Food Records as a reference method. These findings will serve as the basis for the updated version of the FAO publication MDD-W: A Guide to Measurement (2016), to be released at the end of November 2020. The updated guide aims to support and encourage further use of MDD-W as a tool for assessment, target-setting, and advocacy on improving women’s diets globally. Confirmed presenters include Maria Antonia Tuazon (FAO-Food and Nutrition Division (ESN)), Ji Yen Alexandra Tung (FAO-ESN), Isabela Sattamini (FAO-ESN), Pamela Marinda (University of Zambia), and Dilnesaw Zerfu (Ethiopian Public Health Institute). Q&A facilitated by Carl Lachat (Ghent University) will follow presentations.

Speakers:

Maria Antonia Tuazon is a Nutrition and Food Systems Officer with the Food and Nutrition Division (ESN), FAO, and the lead technical officer of the MDD-W project. Prior to joining FAO, she served as Dean of the College of Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna and was a Professor of Nutrition in the same institution. She has served as Country or Regional Technical Adviser for other UN organizations like WHO, UNICEF and WFP as well as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank in several countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Iran. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands and postgraduate training in Nutritional Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Isabela Sattamini is a consultant at ESN, FAO, primarily focused on the MDD-W project. Prior to joining FAO, she was involved in the multi-country study on “Ultra processed food consumption, nutritional profile of diet and obesity” and the “Nutrient Brazil Cohort project: Food and Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases”. She coordinated the advocacy project for advancing trans-fat restriction laws in Brazil, which later culminated in the national ban law approval in December 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health Nutrition from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Ji Yen Alexandra Tung is a consultant at ESN, FAO. She contributes to the coordination of the MDD-W project, and focuses on research, capacity development and advocacy for the indicator. Her work has also involved dietary assessment, food and nutrition policy analysis, mainstreaming nutrition in biodiversity, food loss and waste and food security and livelihoods. Prior to joining FAO, she worked for the World Food Programme, NGOs, think tanks and in community clinics. She holds a MSc degree in Nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Pamela Marinda is a lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Zambia. She is currently serving on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Curriculum Enrichment Technical Working Group and also working on developing Nutrition Sensitive Social Protection guidelines for Zambia in collaboration with WFP and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. She has served as a PI, Co-PI and Research Scientist on several food security and nutrition studies and contributed towards the development of the Food and Nutrition Policy for Kenya and the National Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Strategy for Zambia. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, majoring in Food security and Nutrition.

Dilnesaw Zerfu is a researcher at Ethiopian Public Health Institute and a PhD fellow in human nutrition at University of Copenhagen and Jimma University. His research is mainly focused on micronutrient deficiencies. He has also contributed to the design of national nutrition policy and programme, Micronutrient Deficiency Prevention and Control Guideline, and monitoring and evaluation of the nutrition programme at national level and sub national levels. He is serving as a vice president for the Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopia. He holds a MSc degree from Addis Ababa University in Food science and Nutrition.

Carl Lachat is Associate Professor at the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health at Ghent University Belgium. He lectures on food and nutrition policies, nutritional epidemiology, planning and project design and nutrition-sensitive interventions. His main interest is in developing effective approaches to enhance the nutritional status of vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to empirical research, he actively develops new knowledge with regard to collection, management and integration of food intake data and ways to increase quality of nutrition research and capacity for better policies and practices. He holds a PhD in applied biological sciences from Ghent University.

Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19: Revisiting data collection activities for practical insights & lessons learned

This is the second webinar in the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19‘ series.

A Q&A Summary, copies of the presentation, and additional supplementary materials will be made available in the coming weeks. Data for Nutrition can RSVP to receive supplementary materials here.

Date and Time:

November 19, 2020 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST/ 8:30 – 9:30 PM IST

Description:

The panel discussion, moderated by Ed Frongillo (University of South Carolina), will revisit program and research initiatives in India, Nepal, and the United States who selected and/or modified experience-based food security metrics for inclusion in COVID-related household assessments. Confirmed panelists include Divya Nair (IDInsight), Kenda Cunningham (Helen Keller International), and Roni Neff (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future). Q&A will follow the presentation.

Speakers:

Divya Nair

Director, ID Insight

@IDInsight

https://www.idinsight.org/

Kenda Cunningham

Sr. Technical Advisor, Integrated Nutrition and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research for SUAAHARA II, Helen Keller International

@CunninghamKenda

@HelenKellerIntl

Roni Neff

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future (CLF)

@LivableFuture

https://clf.jhsph.edu/

Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making: How can the nutrition community use the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) tool?

This webinar is the third in the ‘Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making‘ series. 

Copies of the presentations, Q&A summary, and more are available in the community of practice here .

Date and Time:

October 28, 2020 11:00 – 12:00 PM EDT/ 8:00 – 9:00 AM PDT

Description:

The presentation will showcase the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx): an open access tool that collects and visualizes standardized information on five fortified foods, all in one place. With high quality visualizations and customizable features, the nutrition community can use the GFDx to make decisions on how to improve fortification programs. Confirmed speakers include Florencia Vasta (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) and Becky Tsang (Food Fortification Initiative, Iodine Global Network). 

https://fortificationdata.org/

Follow the Global Fortification Data Exchange on Twitter: @GFDxSecretariat

Speakers:

Florencia Vasta

Member, Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) Secretariat

Senior Associate, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Becky Tsang

Project Manager, GFDx Secretariat

Technical Officer, Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) Asia

Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making: Experiences from implementing a multisectoral nutrition scorecard in Tanzania

This webinar is the second in the ‘Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making‘ series. 

Members can login in to download a copy of the presentation, the Q&A summary, and more here.

Date and Time:

May 28, 2020 8:00 – 9:00 AM ET/ 12:00 – 1:00 PM GMT/ 3:00 – 4:00 PM EAT

Description:

The presentation will discuss experiences the nutrition community in Tanzania has had in developing and using a multisectoral nutrition scorecard to monitor and evaluate the implementation of nutrition interventions in the country. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Germana Henry Leyna (TFNC), Deborah Charwe (TFNC), and Adam Hancy (TFNC). Q&A moderated by Debora Di Dio (SUN) will follow the presentation.

Speakers:

Dr. Germana Henry Leyna

Managing Director

Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre

Deborah Charwe

Senior Research Officer, Nutrition

Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre

Adam Hancy

Research Officer, Statistics

Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre

Moderator:

Debora Di Dio

Senior Nutrition & Strategy Adviser

Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat

ScalingUpNutrition.org

Suggested Hashtags:

#DataViz #DataforNutrition

Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19: Practical insights from data collection activities in four global contexts

The need for data and monitoring emerged as a theme from the April 2nd Ag2Nut webinar on “COVID-19, Food Systems & Nutrition.” As food security is a key piece of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways, we are coming together to learn from practitioners around the world through this measurement-focused discussion.

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials here and view the follow up discussion “Rapid Assessment of Food Security during COVID-19: Sharing knowledge & experience” here.

Date and Time:

May 06, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET/ 1:00 – 2:00 PM GMT/6:30 -7:30 PM IST

Description:

Each of our four panelists will share how they selected and/or modified experience-based food security metrics for inclusion in household assessments carried out remotely using mobile phone or online platforms. The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Jennifer Coates (Tufts University) and Ed Frongillo (University of South Carolina).

Panelists include:

  • India – COVID19 Remote Surveys: A rapid assessment of food security in India (IDInsight)
  • Nepal – Program monitoring by community health workers (Helen Keller International’s Suaaharra project)
  • USA – Food insecurity/access survey (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future)
  • Global – Mobile Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping (mVAM) Program (World Food Programme)

Panelists:

Divya Nair

Director, ID Insight

@IDInsight

https://www.idinsight.org/

Kenda Cunningham

Senior Technical Advisor, Hellen Keller International, Suaahara II

@HelenKellerIntl

@CunninghamKenda

Erin Biehl

Program Officer, Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

@LivableFuture

Kusum Hachhethu

Food Security and Nutrition Analyst, Hunger Monitoring Unit, WFP

@Kusum_H

@mobileVAM, @WFPVAM

http://mvam.org/

Suggested Hashtags:

@Data4Nutrition #Ag2Nut #COVID19 #foodsystems #foodsecurity #investinnutrition

Visualizing Nutrition Data for Decision Making: What can we learn from tools developed for global audiences and country users in India?

Members can also login in to download copies of presentations, the Q&A summary, and more here.

Date and Time:

April 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT/2:00 PM GMT

Format:

60 minute webinar with presentations from 2 panelists followed by a Q&A

Speakers:

Manita Jangid (@manitajangid)

Program Manager, International Food Policy Research Institute

Yashodhara Rana (@yashodhararana)

Senior Program Officer, Results for Development

Suggested Hashtags:

@Data_DENT #DataViz #DataforNutrition

New Data for Nutrition: Updates to the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)-8 Questionnaires

Members can also login in to download copies of presentations, responses to the Q&A, and the webinar recording here.

Date and Time:

December 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST/2:00 PM GMT

Format:

60 minute webinar with presentations from 3 expert panelists followed by a Q&A

Speakers:

Sorrel Namaste

Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor, The DHS Program

Erin Milner

Nutrition Advisor, USAID

Olutayo Adeyemi

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan (Nigeria)

Suggested Hashtags for this Webinar:

#InvestinNutrition #DHSdata #DataforNutrition

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