MQSUN+

Assumption maps to assess signs of impact of short-term technical assistance

Assumption maps to assess signs of impact of short-term technical assistance

Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) was a demand-driven technical assistance (TA) project that aimed to contribute to strengthening multisectoral policies and programs that can ultimately improve the nutritional status of women, men, girls, and boys in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, MQSUN+ provided support to the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat (SMS) and member countries, as well as the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and its implementers engaged in addressing the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition.

Measuring, evaluating, and learning from the impact of TA is not straightforward. Although there is some evidence of TA’s effectiveness in building capacity, and the importance of a collaborative relationship between TA providers and implementers, there is a knowledge gap around how to assess the impact of TA.

This document outlines the assumption map model and how it both expands the theory of change concept and supports monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and learning activities. MQSUN+ also produced nine retrospective case studies on TA’s contribution on the pathway to impact based on its experience during the project, seven which are available below.

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