Strengthening implementation and utilization of nutrition interventions through research: a framework and research agenda

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Dec:1332:39-59. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12447. Epub 2014 Jun 16.


Undernutrition among women and children contributes to almost half the global burden of child mortality in developing countries. The impact of nutrition on economic development has highlighted the need for evidence-based solutions and yielded substantial global momentum. However, it is now recognized that the impact of evidence-based interventions is limited by the lack of evidence on the best operational strategies for scaling up nutrition interventions. With the goal of encouraging greater engagement in implementation research in nutrition and generating evidence on implementation and utilization of nutrition interventions, this paper brings together a framework and a broad analysis of literature to frame and highlight the crucial importance of research on the delivery and utilization of nutrition interventions. The paper draws on the deliberations of a high-level working group, an e-consultation, a conference, and the published literature. It proposes a framework and areas of research that have been quite neglected, and yet are critical to better understanding through careful research to enable better translation of global and national political momentum for nutrition into public health impact.

Keywords: agenda; delivery; framework; implementation research; nutrition; utilization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Biomedical Research / trends*
  • Child
  • Child Nutrition Disorders / epidemiology
  • Child Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Promotion / trends*
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data
  • Internet / trends
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Nutritional Status / physiology*