Nutrition Monitoring:

Data Serve Many Purposes, But Users Recommend Improvements

PEMD-95-15: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Program (NNMRRP), focusing on the: (1) users and major uses of nutrition monitoring data; (2) users' satisfaction with selected nutrition monitoring activities; and (3) changes that users identified to increase their use of or confidence in nutrition monitoring data.

GAO found that: (1) the 440 primary users responding to the survey worked in a variety of settings, including federal, state, and local government, academic institutions, and for-profit businesses; (2) these users used nutrition monitoring data to identify nutritional problems, evaluate food-and-nutrition-related programs and policies, support basic, methodological research, and support state and local surveillance activities; and (3) the majority of the users reported that the data collection systems met most of their information and data quality needs, but they suggested the need for improved dietary intake methods, more continuous data collection, better coverage of subpopulations and small geographic areas, improved timeliness and documentation of nutrition data, and increased dissemination of data in formats that facilitate better access and analysis.

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