Diet Quality and Health of the Poor

Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

SPRING is a USAID funded, 5-year project (2011-2016) aimed at combating undernutrition on a global scale. To achieve this goal, SPRING will work across sectors - including health, agriculture, social protection, and economic growth - to facilitate the development of country-led nutrition strategies and provide technical support to ensure that quality programs are taken to scale in a manner that strengthens country capacity for the long run. The project will use social and behavior change communication at all levels to promote nutrition-sensitive policies, enhance cross-sectoral programming, and achieve better gender equity. SPRING will also deliver high impact nutrition interventions such as infant an young child feeding, control of micronutrient deficiencies and women’s nutrition practices focusing on the window of opportunity of the first 1,000 days of life. SPRING’s guiding principles include deepening and broadening the impact of USAID investments, supporting country-led processes while engaging public and private stakeholders, enhancing the capacity of stakeholders at the national level, and integrating a gender perspective throughout. SPRING’s implementation team is led by JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. (JSI), Helen Keller International (HKI), IFPRI, Save the Children, and the Manoff Group. IFPRI’s role in the project is to generate evidence based learning, monitoring and evaluation for effective approaches to scale-up nutrition services in 8-10 target countries. This will be done through three broad approaches: 1) building the evidence base through research; 2) gathering, synthesizing and translating evidence and making it available for potential users; and 3) strengthening capacity to understand, interpret and use this evidence in programs and policy.