Data4Diets: FAQs

How were indicators selected for the Data4Diets platform?

We systematically reviewed existing literature and indicators currently being used by key institutions to identify relevant food security and nutrition indicators. All indicators we selected fit into our predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria (see below). Some of the documents and tools we reviewed included the Food Security Information Network User's Guide for Existing Indicators, the ADePT Food Security Module Indicators, the FAO/WHO GIFT Draft Indicators, the FAO food security indicators, the Feed the Future Indicators, and the Global Nutrition Report (2016). We then evaluated the indicators based on the predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria and carefully reviewed selected indicators to check for redundancies. Indicators that measured the same concept but were articulated slightly differently were collapsed into a single indicator. 

How was this initial set of indicators and information selected?

 The inclusion/exclusion criteria used for selecting indicators were as follows:

Inclusion Criteria

Exclusion Criteria

Indicator captures one or more of the key food security dimensions (i.e. quantity, quality, cultural preference, safety, stability, sustainability) measured at the national, market, household, or individual level

No indicators measuring causes or consequences of food insecurity (e.g. empowerment, anthropometric outcomes)

Indicator is in active use, defined as:

  • Tested or validated in one or more countries and/or actively promoted and used by one or more international organizations

No indicators related to program implementation (e.g. process indicators, coverage indicators)

Indicator fills a necessary gap (Note: if the indicator is not readily available or in active use, it may still be included in this framework, with relevant caveats, on the grounds that it could fill a data gap with further testing and validation.)


Why are so many indicators focused on quantity and quality?

The strong focus on quantity and quality is a reflection of the current types of indicators that have been widely adopted and used.

Can I see the original full list of indicators?

Yes. The full list of indicators is available upon request. Please send your request either through the 'Feedback' tab OR send us an email at: