Ethnography as a Tool for Formative Research and Evaluation in Public Health Nutrition

Sera Lewise Young, Emily Tuthill, Gretel H. Pelto

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In this essay we discuss the role of ethnographic research in the development and evaluation of nutrition interventions. In response to the challenge of developing effective methods for translating basic biological discoveries into improved health and nutrition of populations, a number of disciplines are now contributing actively in the arena of “Implementation Science” (1). Anthropology is among them, and within the various sub-disciplines in the field, “applied ethnography” is increasingly being employed to obtain essential data and insights for public health activities (2). To date, the bulk of research directed to improving public health nutrition has been undertaken in connection with interventions that are designed to affect population health and nutrition through programs, delivered through specific platforms and health-center based frontline workers (3), which are implemented in communities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherNestlé Foundation Report
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2013


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