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|INDICATOR 2: Proportion of children 6–23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (MAD) (apart from breast milk)|
| Why this indicator? What will it measure and provide information for?
This indicator measures the proportion of children 6-23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (MAD), apart from breast milk. The “minimum acceptable diet” indicator measures both the minimum feeding frequency and minimum dietary diversity, as appropriate for various age groups. If a child meets the minimum feeding frequency and minimum dietary diversity for their age group and breastfeeding status, then they are considered to receive a minimum acceptable diet.
If sample size permits, It is recommended that the indicator be further disaggregated and reported for the following age groups: 6–11 months, 12–17 months and 18–23 months of age.
This indicator is primarily used for:
* assessing: to make national and sub-national comparisons and to describe trends over time
* targeting: to identify populations at risk, target interventions, and make policy decisions about resource allocation
* monitoring and evaluating: to monitor progress in achieving project goals and to evaluate the impact of interventions
| What Sustainable Development Goal is the indicator connected to?
* SDG Goal 2.1
* SDG Goal 2.2
| Definitions and key terms
This indicator measures the proportion of children 6-23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (MAD), apart from breast milk.
| Data and information required to calculate the indicator
* Numerator: Number of children 6-23 months who receive a minimum acceptable diet
* Denominator: Total number of children 6-23 months surveyed
| Suggested method for data collection
* WHO (for method)
* WHO (for definitions)
| Possible data sources
* Household survey
* Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) is implemented every 5 years
* WHO regional or global nutritional data
* UNICEF regional and global nutritional data
| Resources needed for data collection
The quantitative and qualitative data collection, storage and analysis should be conducted by CARE and partners. Partners may include research / university partners. Data collection needs to be included in the monitoring and evaluation plan and budgeted for.
| Reporting results for this indicator: number of people for which the change happened
* Reporting Purpose: þBaseline þProgress þ Evaluation
* A Change in the number/percentage of children 6–23 months who receive a minimum acceptable diet (apart from breast milk)
| Questions for guiding the analysis and interpretation of data (explaining the how and why the change happened, and how CARE contributed to the change)
* Breastfed children 6-23 months of age who had at least the minimum dietary diversity and the minimum meal frequency during the previous day?
* Breastfed children 6-23 months of age?
* Non-breastfed children 6-23 months of age who received at least 2 milk feedings and had at least the minimum dietary diversity not including milk feeds and the minimum meal frequency during the previous day?
* Non-breastfed children 6-23 months of age?
| Other considerations
* FGDs can provide qualitative verification, especially in regards to other external factors (insecurity, political instability, disasters, fail crops, diseases outbreak, market’s inflation, etc.) which could have affected food availability, access and utilization or hygiene, sanitation and health conditions.
* DHS surveys are not conducted annually in any specific country, so data may not be available at the optimal intervals for evaluation.