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Minimum Reporting for Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFPs)

Donor: OFDA

Collaborators: Save the Children, Concern and CARE US

ENN Project lead: Jeremy Shoham 

Timeframe: This project was completed in 2011


The need for a minimum reporting package for supplementary feeding programmes (SFPs) was identified during a review of emergency SFPs by the ENN and SCUK (2008). In this study a series of problems in the way that emergency SFPs are reported were identified, most importantly with regard to programme statistics. Therefore, many programmes were unable to adequately monitor programme efficacy.

The study findings recommended that programme outcomes measurements were strengthened as a matter of urgency. The study states,

"there is a pressing need to develop a standardised reporting system, with recommendations on the way to collect, present and analyse a minimum set of information for emergency SFPs. Adoption of this standard reporting system by implementing agencies and donors should contribute to much-needed lesson-learning from the field as compiling data from different organisations and comparing the results of different protocols and strategies would become feasible."

It is in response to these findings that the Minimum Reporting Package was developed.

Project Summary

The Minimum Reporting for SFPs project has developed and piloted a standardised Minimum Reporting Package on emergency Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFPs). The Minimum Reporting Package includes three main tools:

  1. A set of guidelines and data collection templates
  2. Supporting manuals and training materials
  3. A database application for data entry, analysis and reporting based on the guidelines, and employing user-friendly software developed for this purpose.

The MRP guidelines were developed through a consensus building exercise with a large number of humanitarian agencies during 2008-9. The software for the guidelines was developed over a two year period following four country pilots in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kenya. SCUK rolled out the MRP under an ECHO funded grant which ended in December 2012. Subsequent funding has allowed the MRP to be further developed.  For further details of the status of the MRP contact Susan Fuller at Save the Children UK.


Development of a Minimum Reporting Package for Emergency Supplementary Feeding Programmes: Project Report (2011)

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