Result Area 3: Build the capacity of government staff to make better use of evidence and data to design and implement nutrition-related policies and programmes
Activity 3.1 Design and Implement a Communication and Visibility Plan
Communication for policy change or influencing is at the core of the NIPN project; to this end the project sought the services of a consultant to support the development process of the project’s communications and visibility strategy. The process has progressed well and a draft communications and visibility strategy for NIPN is under review and will soon be validated and adopted.
The communications and visibility strategy is aligned to the overall communications framework of the OPM and guidelines of the GSF. (Annex 15, draft communications and visibility plan).
The Communications officer at NIPN has been instrumental in contributing NIPN information to update the OPM website( links to the stories https://opm.go.ug/2019/11/07/opm-nipn-participates-in-the-2019-scaling-up-nutrition-global-gathering/ , https://opm.go.ug/2019/11/18/journalists-and-communications-officers-trained-in-nutrition-data-communication-and-reporting/). The communications officer also produced factsheets, pulls up banners, flyers and participated in the weekly OPM communications forum to participate and share NIPN issues and media reports.
Part of the NIPN communications has been to engage media houses and communication officers in nutrition relevant sectors to orient them on nutrition communication and recruit the journalists from media houses as NIPN champions in terms of nutrition data communication and reporting. The champions underwent a 5 days training held by the NIPN project.