Methods of analysis of food and nutritional security programs: an experience in Brazil

Alice Teles de Carvalho Erika Rodrigues de Almeida Eduardo Augusto Fernandes Nilson Juliana Amorim Ubarana Irela Mazar Fernández Maarten Immink About the authors

The development of methods that enable analysis of programs and public policies is a key point for their objectives to be attained. This study presents a Brazilian experience of analysis of two food and nutritional security programs in cities in Brazil's northeast region, namely the National Program for Vitamin A Supplementation, and monitoring health conditions of those included in the Family Allowance Program. The methodological stages included the definition of programs to be analyzed, data collection locations, the population participating in the research, collection procedures and data analysis. The methodology used made it possible to ascertain the perception of the different social actors involved in the operationalization of these programs, proving to be an important tool for the insertion of these actors, not only as objects of analysis, but also mainly as subjects of self-evaluation.

Evaluation of research programs and tools; Nutrition programs and policies; Methods

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