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close this folder Part II - Planning nutrition action projects
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Session 2: Case studies/panel discussion


To expose trainees to a variety of community-based nutrition activities and the management issues associated with the planning, implementation and evaluation of these activities.


- Handout - Questions to Ask About Nutrition Projects"

- Chairs and table for materials

- Microphone if the group is large

- Slide projector

- Flipchart and marking pens


Several weeks before the workshop:

1. Identify 2-3 on-going projects with successful community nutrition activities.

2. Invite representatives from these projects to participate in a panel discussion during your workshop. Ask them to prepare a 15-minute presentation about their projects. They should include information about the development, present activities and management of the project's nutrition activities.

3. Give each of the panelists a copy of the Handout "Questions To Ask About Nutrition Projects." Explain that trainees will be asked to answer these questions about each of the projects discussed.

4. Encourage panelists to use slides and other visual aids to illustrate their case studies.

The day before the panel discussion:

1. Prepare trainees for the session by explaining that managers often decide what nutrition activities to carry out and how to organize them by visiting and collecting information from managers of on-going projects. Trainees will have the opportunity to do this in the panel discussion planned for the following day.

2. Review the "Questions to Ask About Nutrition Projects" with the trainees.

On the day of the case study presentations:

1. Introduce the guest speakers. Write their names and the organizations they represent on the flipchart.

2. Remind trainees that they should listen for information during the case studies that will help them answer the questions on the Handout - Questions to Ask About Nutrition Projects."

3. Make sure that each presentation is no more than 15 minutes long. Trainees will have difficulty concentrating if presentations are too long!

4. After each case study is presented, encourage trainees to ask any questions they have about the project, its activities, staff, training, funding, etc.

5. Speakers may also want to ask each other about specific aspects of their projects. It is important that they tell trainees about the problems they have faced in their projects and how they have solved them.

Following the case study presentations:

1. Discuss the similarities and differences in the projects presented. Focus on similarities and differences in:

- Project activities

- Size and characteristics of the target population

- Community involvement

- Staffing

- Training

- Resources

- Source of funding

2. Summarize and ask trainees to think about the factors that determine project activities and how these activities are managed. Use a diagram like this to record trainee responses:


- Causes/severity of malnutrition

- Resources available

- Manager's knowledge experience and interest

- Community's knowledge, experience and interest

- Organization policy

- Political pressures

- Etc.