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Dietary Diversity and Determinants Survey Guide and User's Manual

Authors: 
Odette Uwera Kamanzi,
Kelly Keisling,
Erin Lewis,
Chrispin Mwizero
Organizational Authors: 
Catholic Relief Services
Year Published: 
2012

With support from a USAID's TOPS Small Grants Program Improvement Award, CRS developed a Dietary Diversity and Determinants Survey (DDDS) questionnaire; tested a digital data collection tool in the Title II program areas in five African countries; and refined the product with input from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Malawi.

This manual introduces the resulting Dietary Diversity and Determinants Survey (DDDS), which is an adaptable, user-friendly instrument for collecting data on dietary diversity and key determinants of dietary diversity. The DDDS can be used to conduct situational analyses and baseline surveys; monitor changes in diet due to season, intervention, or shocks; and compare diets of different sub-populations. DDDS results provide a snapshot of nutritional trends and gaps, which can inform programmatic decisions for greater nutritional impact in Title II and other food security programs.

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