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Wasting Prevention Survey - Instructions

How do I access the survey?

Please access the survey online here. 

How long will it take to complete the survey? 

We estimate that it will take between 45 minutes and one hour to complete the survey. 

What research questions will I be asked to judge? 

There are 40 research questions in total that we are asking you to judge. The questions have been grouped in the survey according to the ‘4 Ds’ defined by the CHNRI methodology:

1. Description: research to assess the burden of the problem (wasting/acute malnutrition) and its determinants.

2. Delivery: research to assist in the optimising of the nutrition status of the population using means that are already available (i.e. existing delivery models). 

3. Development: research to improve interventions that already exist but could be improved.

4. Discovery: research that leads to innovation i.e. entirely new health interventions. 

Please answer all of the questions in the survey. Click here for a definition of key terms used within the research questions. 

How do I judge each research question? 

Please consider how far the research question meets each of the four criteria listed on the left-hand side. Here is a fuller description of these criterion to help you: 

  1. Answerable? How answerable would this research question be? (i.e. is it feasible to answer within the given context and timeframe? Is it ethical?)
  2. Efficacious? How likely is it that this research would lead to efficacious (i.e. likely to produce the desired outcome in ideal conditions) interventions/approaches/ policies?
  3. Deliverable? How likely is it that this research would lead to deliverable (i.e. cost-effective, deliverable at scale and with necessary coverage) interventions/approaches/ policies?  
  4. Fills a gap? Will this research question fill a key gap in knowledge that is required to prevent wasting?

This fuller description of hte criterion will appear at the top of each page within the survey. You can refer to this by scrolling bakc to the top of the page at any time. You may also find it helpful to print out these instructions or bring them up on another tab or device,  so that you can refer to them alongside the survey. 

How do I score each question?

For each research question and criterion being considered, you must choose one of four options:

'Yes': yes, the questions meets the criteria.

'No': no, the question does not meet the criteria

'Informed but undecided': I understand the question and possess sufficient knowledge to answer it, but the answer isn’t a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

'Not sufficiently informed': I do not have sufficient knowledge or information to judge this research question.  

Please choose the ‘best fit’ option and try to be as intuitive as possible in your response. We don’t need to know how you arrived at your chosen response, or how you applied the question in your own context or thinking. The answer that you arrived at is all that we need.   

How do I know what the interventions/ policies/ approaches arising from the research are likely to be?

It is impossible to predict all outcomes of health research. CHNRI considers the value of the likely interventions/policies and approaches. Sometimes these are obvious. Other times they are not. Many questions only indirectly lead to interventions/ policies and approaches. It is important to think beyond just the simple endpoints of research questions and to keep in mind their broader scope and relevance. As an expert, you are allowed to speculate, and all speculation is valuable. The fact that different experts may be thinking of different interventions/policies/approaches when answering is not a problem but a feature of CHNRI. Final scorings will reflect such uncertainties and differences of opinion.

Surely context matters to the success/failure of the ‘intervention arising’?

We agree. This is why experts/stakeholders working in many different settings have been invited to take part. When answering questions, consider their meaning in the context(s) in which you usually work.

Will my contribution be recognised? 

We recognise and appreciate your expertise and perspective, as well as the time that you contribute to complete this questionnaire. As such, and to ensure transparency, we will include all survey respondents who wish to be included on a group author list for any publications resulting from this exercise. You will be asked to include your name, organisation and email address at the start of the survey and at the very end of the survey there will be a question that enables you to opt in or out of group authorship.

Can I review the research questions before starting the online survey?

Yes, you can. Download the full list here. 


If I am unclear about a term that is used?

The next page contains a list of key terms used and their common definitions.

How long do I have to complete the survey?

The online survey link will close by close of business on Thursday 28th February 2019. You are welcome to complete the survey at any point before then.

Can I start the survey and return to it?

The survey will save your responses. As long as you use the same device you can re-use the same survey link and your previous responses will be remembered.

How will the personal information that I provide be stored and used?

We take your privacy seriously and will not use the details that you share for other ENN projects, nor will be pass it on to third parties. Your personal details (name and contact details) will also not be shared in the results of the study. For more information about this please click here

Can I change my answers once I have submitted the survey?

You cannot change your answers once the survey has been submitted. If you need to make edits or have other problems completing the survey, please contact Chloe Angood 




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