SMART Timeline

Development of SMART began in 2002 by the TAG, a core of expert panellists in emergency epidemiology and nutrition, food security, early warning systems and demography, drawn from the CDC, various universities, NGOs and UN partners.

Since its inception in 2006, local ministries of health & institutes of statistics, ACF International, Concern, GOAL, IRC, MSF, Save the Children, UNICEF, WFP, World Vision, and the FAO, among others have used the SMART Methodology. SMART Version 2 to be released at the end of 2016.

Major Milestones That Shaped the Evolution of Smart

2016

SMART Trainings in:

  • Kenya (56 people)
  • Afghanistan (21 people)
  • Nepal (24 people)
  • Cyprus (17 people)

SMART Emergency Survey Support (ESS) provided for:

  • Afghanistan
  • Nepal
  • Syria
  • Niger
2015
January

Regional East Africa SMART Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya.

February

SMART Global Focal Point meeting and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting held in London, UK.

October

SMART co-chairs Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) Annual Meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Development of the ‘Plausibility Check for Anthropometry’ chapter for the SMART Manual.

November

SMART attends Canadian Network for Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) Annual Meeting and Symposium held in Montreal, Canada.

SMART Trainings in:

  • Guatemala (19 people)
  • Kenya (18 people)
  • Kenya (9 people)*
  • Somalia (13 people)
  • Senegal (20 people)
  • South Sudan (21 people)
  • Bangladesh (17 people)

*Master Trainer level

SMART Emergency Survey Support (ESS) provided for:

  • Blantyre, Malawi
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • Syria/Turkey Cross-border
2014
February

SMART Global Focal Point meetings held in Washington, DC.

September

SMART Methodology launches new website with revamped forum, job board and resource centre.

SMART Trainings in:

  • Kenya (65 people)
  • United States of America (20 people)
  • India (46 people)
  • India* (7 people)
  • France (17 people)
  • Burundi (23 people)
  • Jordan (27 people)
  • Myanmar (25 people)
  • South Sudan (54 people)
  • Ghana (27 people)

*Master Trainer level

SMART Emergency Survey Support (ESS) provided for:

  • Talcoban City, Philippines
  • Idelb, Syria
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
2013
January

First ever SMART Master Trainer Training:

  • 8 people participated in Kenya
November

Sensitization on the SMART Methodology in Nairobi, Kenya.

SMART Trainings in:

  • Kenya (27 people)
  • D.R.C. (24 people)
  • Colombia (13 people)
  • Spain (14 people)
  • Senegal (22 people)
  • Senegal* (4 people)
  • Cambodia (17 people)

*Master Trainer level

2012
March

Development of the ‘Sampling Methods & Sample Size Calculation’ for the SMART methodology.

July

Launch of the new user-friendly SMART website

SMART Trainings in:

  • Central African Republic (18 people)
  • Cambodia (23 people)
  • Kenya (25 people)
  • Senegal (50 people)
  • France (11 people)
  • Afghanistan (23 people)
2011
February

Release of the Standardized Training Package in French, for preparing survey teams in SMART.

Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the development of version 2 of the SMART manual.

August - December

SMART trainings and technical survey support for the Horn of Africa Crisis.

SMART Trainings in:

  • United States of America (17 people)
  • Ethiopia (23 people)
  • Uganda (22 people)
2010
September

Emergency response to the floods in Pakistan where several SMART surveys take place.

October

Release of the Standardized Training Package in English, for preparing survey teams in SMART.

SMART Trainings in:

  • Ivory Coast (23 people)
  • Uganda (24 people)
  • Pakistan (22 people)
2009

SMART Trainings in:

  • Burkina Faso (76 people)
  • Zimbabwe (26 people)
  • Mali (26 people)
  • Bangladesh (32 people)
2008
April

SMART Expert Panel Meeting, FAO, Rome: “Global Nutrition Cluster Assessment Working Group (AWG) Meeting on SMART.”

September

SMART workshop, USAID, Washington, D.C.: “Understanding the SMART methodology & importance of using them for assessments.”

SMART trainings in:

  • Guinea (42 people)
  • Mali (22 people)
  • Kenya (11 people)
2007
August

First ever Regional SMART Survey Manager Training

  • 39 people participated in Uganda

SMART trainings in:

  • Niger (24 people)
  • Burundi (19 people)
2006

Publication of manual: “Measuring Mortality, Nutritional status and Food Security in Crisis Situations: SMART METHODOLOGY. Version 1”

Launch of the 1st SMART website: http://www.smartindicators.org/

Manual and software available for free download

Nutrition and mortality modules of SMART and ENA software used by:

  • Local ministries of health & institutes of statistics
  • ACFIN, Concern
  • GOAL
  • IRC
  • MSF
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF
  • WFP
  • World Vision, etc.

Food security module used by:

  • FAO
  • MSF.
2005
June

First draft of SMART Manual.

SMART roll-out meeting held at UNICEF House, New York: “Saving Lives: the Right Information for the Right Decision”

Pilot-tests of SMART methodology with Nutrisurvey (later named ENA) software:

  • ACF pilot tested the methodology in Chad, Niger, and Mali (Nutrition and Mortality).
  • FSAU (FAO) pilot tested methodology in Somalia (Nutrition and Mortality).
  • UNICEF pilot tested methodology in Madagascar (Nutrition and Mortality).
  • MSF pilot tested methodology in Nigeria (Food security).
2004
July

SMART Expert Panel Meeting at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) held in Brussels, Belgium.

Methodology Review: Triangulation of nutritional status of children under five, mortality rate & food security in an integrated survey protocol

2003
May

Private Voluntary Organizations/Donor Meeting.

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2002
July
Development of
SMART METHODOLOGY

First SMART workshop initiated by USAID, State/PRM, and CIDA. Technical working session: “Standardizing Survey Methodology” and Policy session: “Promoting Policy & Program Priorities Based on Data”.

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