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Training Centre

Welcome to the Training Centre!

The Training Centre is written and designed for managers and employees of CMAM programmes. The Training Centre provides guidance on which coverage assessment methodology to use and the key steps to take to conduct them.

Coverage assessment methodologies are adaptable. Depending on the information which programme staff would like as an output of their assessment, there are a choice of six possible assessment methodologies:

SAM bottleneck analysis involves the ongoing collection and review of key programme data. Programmes should be doing this already. The CMN, UNICEF, FANTA and consultant David Doledec are developing a toolkit to help programmes to conduct SAM bottleneck analyses on a regular basis. More information on this is available here. For the latest information, please write to the CMN team using the email address at the bottom of this page.

A SQUEAC assessment is the most comprehensive of all of the methodologies. The SQUEAC section outlines in detail all actions to take to plan and carry out a SQUEAC assessment (duration up to 21 days).

A Community Assessment constitutes an essential part of a SQUEAC assessment however it can also be conducted on its own and provide valuable information on the most important barriers and boosters to caregivers accessing CMAM programmes. Full guidance on Community Assessments is available to download here.Technical Reference

A Follow up SQUEAC assessment is a condensed version of a SQUEAC assessment and should be conducted 12-18 months after an initial SQUEAC assessment on the assumption that the recommendations and planned activities emanating from the initial SQUEAC assessment have been completed. If a programme does not need a coverage estimate, they can conduct the first half of a Follow Up SQUEAC to assess changes to the main barriers identified during the Référence Techinitial assessment. Full guidelines on how to conduct a Follow up SQUEAC are available here.

A SLEAC assessment constitutes the wide area survey (likelihood survey) stage of a SQUEAC assessment and can be carried out in a single or in multiple health districts. The SLEAC section outlines the main steps needed to plan, carry out and analyse the results from a SLEAC assessment.

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With the exception of some elements of a SLEAC assessment, if an assessment team has previously conducted a SQUEAC assessment in full, they will be able to conduct all other coverage assessment methodologies.


  The Table below offers a synthesis of the requirements, processes and outputs of each of these methodologies. Please click on the image to enlarge it and to have access to pages covering the methodologies. IDENTIFYING COVERAGE AND BARRIERS. WHICH METHOD TO CHOOSE     For any additional information or support on SQUEAC and SLEAC surveys, please contact cmnproject@actionagainsthunger.org.uk