Your Input is Requested: The new Global Food Security Strategy Indicators
See final list of GFSS indicators submitted to the U.S. Congress in October 2017. [Note: Now that the indicators have been sent to Congress, the other documents and links on this website are out of date and were only used for the external feedback survey conducted back in June 2017. The final list of GFSS indicators above incorporates feedback received in the survey.]
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Your input is needed to help select the new indicators for the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS)! An interagency Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning working group (MEL WG) has developed a draft set of indicators to be used for performance monitoring of the GFSS. These indicators will be used for annual or periodic reporting to support accountability and learning on what programs have achieved and assess progress against the Results Framework. The MEL WG developed this proposed list through a four-month consultative process that included USG technical experts.
What you need to do:
1. Read the background information, below.
2. Listen to the short audio messages that are relevant to the indicator(s) you plan to provide feedback on.
- Note - we do not expect you to provide feedback on every indicator proposed. Using the image below, select the indicator(s) you want to provide feedback on, click on the indicator(s) and listen to that message. We do ask that if you intend to provide feedback on an indicator, please do listen to the audio message first to ensure we have not already addressed your feedback/question in our explanation.
How were the proposed indicators selected and what is their purpose? We worked to limit the total number of indicators and strike a balance between measuring all facets of the Results Framework and keeping the reporting burden manageable. The aim was to make the indicator set more outcome-oriented, including one to three outcome-oriented indicators associated with each result of the new Results Framework. At the intermediate result level, the indicators measure results among program participants or among the broader population in the targeted geographic Zone of Influence (ZOI) or at a national-level. Measuring at these levels allows us to capture both direct outcomes and higher-level outcomes occurring through the transformative effect of our programs. This progression of results will help us better articulate the causal flow from outputs to activity outcomes to population-level outcomes to goal-level impacts. Output indicators are not listed under specific results as they were typically associated with more than one result across the Results Framework.
Another critical aspect of the Theory of Change we are striving to capture with selected indicators is changes to agri-food systems. Learning from our previous work and recommendations from the Feed the Future Global Performance Evaluation, we recognize the need to better capture how our work is transforming the agri-food system in a country, which we believe means more sustainable change for food security and nutrition. Yet developing standard indicators for systems has been difficult. We recognize gaps in our set of indicators and commit to working with partners over the coming year to develop and support data generation for systems indicators in these key areas: Market development, Agricultural productivity, Resilient systems, and Organizational and individual performance. Link here for full indicator workbook or see attached file on the right side bar of this screen to view the PLACEHOLDER indicators only.
Because change in systems is very context-specific and dynamic, it is important to develop methods and processes besides standard indicators to track desired changes. Feed the Future is also working to develop guidance and tools for non-standardized methods to measure change in agri-food systems.
Additionally, to both better capture our contributions to changes in systems and better support partner countries in their attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we are currently proposing to also track our goal level indicators for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty at the national level and at the level of our sub-national Zone of Influence in each target country. All three goal indicators are SDG indicators.
Finally, we have identified a number of context indicators that we will use to periodically assess the performance of our programs and progress of the national agri-food systems we are supporting. We will not set targets for these indicators or collect primary data, but instead gather values for these indicators when they become available and use them in standard processes like annual portfolio reviews or to assess the population-based survey data captured in our targeted Zones. All context indicators we propose to track are all measured at the national level (except for the "OECD DAC food-security funding", which is global, and the "Proportion of Women who are empowered..." one, which is at the ZOI-level and is aligned with how we collect the A-WEAI). Link here for full indicator workbook or see attached file on the right side bar of this screen to view the CONTEXT indicators only.
Thank you in advance for your feedback and support! Now, listen to the audio recordings by clicking on the different Results Framework sections in the image below and take the survey to provide your input.