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About the toolkit

The Micronutrient Survey Toolkit was developed by CDC’s International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt) to provide epidemiological support to countries to assess and monitor the elimination of micronutrient malnutrition. This toolkit provides a set of resources collected from many sources, including public health specialists from the CDC and other agencies. New tools have been created where gaps existed. The toolkit provides:
1. Public online access
2. A search function that enables the user to identify the tools needed for a specific task or to work through the stages of survey planning and implementation step by step
3. Examples of how the tools have been used in the field
4. A collection of resources that will be updated as research and best practices evolve

The toolkit can either be used as a stand alone resource or in conjunction with the CDC/Micronutrient Initiative manual, Indicators and Methods for Cross Sectional Surveys of Vitamin and Mineral Status of Populations, which is also included in the manual module of this toolkit.


The Survey Toolkit for Nutritional Assessment obviates the need for survey planners to create various tools anew for each survey. The toolkit offers many specific benefits:
1. Standardized tools that will enhance the likelihood of more reliable data collection, as well as a better comparison of results across different surveys
2. Tools to inform planning, implementation of surveys, and dissemination of results
3. Tools which have been utilized in multiple sites, in all regions of the world
4. Potential capacity building of survey managers and people involved in planning and implementing surveys, and for using the data for program planning
5. Potential cost reduction of surveys as the need for external assistance during some phases of the survey may not be necessary
6. Standardized tools and best practice guidelines so data can be compared across countries and other populations

Target users

The toolkit is intended for use by governments, non-governmental organizations, independent research consultants, and United Nations agencies that conduct surveys. Ideally users will have some expertise in conducting surveys, as many of the materials contained in the toolkit will need to be adapted depending on the complexity of the survey and the specific context. Although most of the materials contained in the toolkit are nutrition related, there are some tools (specifically in the sampling module) that may be useful for other survey workers.

Technical assistance

Remote technical assistance for any aspect of the survey toolkit is available if needed via telephone or email:
Attn: IMMPaCt Program, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and ObesityCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Telephone: +1 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)


The Micronutrient Survey Toolkit was developed by the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt) in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DNPAO gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their collaboration and commitment leading to the development of the Toolkit:
The Micronutrient Initiative for hosting the Toolkit and providing technical and IT support
- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance program (FANTA)
- The World Food Program (WFP)
- The World Bank
- The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)