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Targeting recommendations

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Prioritize the recommendations

Analysis of health and nutrition data often result in many recommendations. Those on the ground who are responsible for implementing these recommendations may not have the resources to implement them all at once. For this reason, it is helpful to them to prioritize the recommendations so that the most urgent ones are implemented first.

Classify recommendations into categories

To assist with their implementation, recommendations can be classified into categories of short-term, medium-term, and long-term. Some recommendations can be implemented relatively quickly; these should be categorized as short-term. Others may take more basic structural change in programmes; they are medium- or long-term recommendations.

Recommendations can also be classified according to the intended audience. For example, it is of little use recommending to individual health workers to increase funding for clinical health services. They are not the people responsible for such actions. It is also of little use recommending to donors or policy-makers to change the first-line antibiotic for use against dysentery. They will have little idea what you are talking about and even less ability to implement such a recommendation.