SMART Capacity Building Toolbox


The SMART Team at ACF-Canada has produced a formal set of training materials for SMART Enumerator Trainings and for SMART Survey Manager Trainings, consisting of training manuals, new and updated presentations, and complementary tools and resources.

SMART E-Learning Series

The SMART project has developed the NEW SMART E-LEARNING SERIES, its first ever online version of the SMART methodology training curricula. This is one of the many innovative approaches explored in 2016 for a wider coverage and to meet the ever increasing capacity needs of partners on SMART methodology across regions. Four modules based on the Enumerator curricula include:

Module 1: Overview of Field Surveys
Module 2: Survey Teams
Module 3: Questionnaire Design
Module 4: Field Procedures

It is important to note that these e-Learning modules are supplementary training material and are not in any way meant to replace the face-to-face platform for delivering the SMART methodology curricula. The e-modules target both beginners and refresher participants.

How to access SMART e-Learning Series:
Visit and Register on to access the courses via an individual account.
Login in with the account details and select Agriculture, Food Security & Nutrition under Sectors for the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) Methodology course. Select Open Curriculum Player to then select one of the 4 modules by pressing Launch.

SMART Instructional Videos

To meet the growing demand for the SMART methodology, the SMART Project Team has developed NEW INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS that would aid in delivering the required capacity. The five Instructional Videos are available in both English and French and cover the following topics:

Video 1: Training courses in SMART
Video 2: Anthropometric Measurements
Video 3: Probabilitic Sampling Methods
Video 4: Standardisation Test
Video 5: Demography and Mortality Questionnaire

It is important to note that these SMART Instructional Videos are supplementary training material and are not in any way meant to replace the face-to-face platform for delivering the SMART methodology curricula.


The following package is the set of materials specifically designed for Enumerator level training (individuals who are collecting the data in the field). You may either download the whole package or download specific tools that may interest you. For slower internet connections, please download the PDF version.

Download Package

Download entire Enumerator package.

Training Manual, Presentations and Handouts.


Enumerator Training Manual

The training manual comprehensively outlines all of the steps to running an enumerator-level training, including participant selection and logistical considerations.

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Download Training Manual


 The following are modules that will assist you in enumerator trainings.

Included in each Module Package are the Presentations and the complementary Handouts.

Module 1 - SMART Overview and Survey TeamsRead MoreHide

  • Conduct intro exercises and share any experiences involving measuring children.
  • Review the timeline and components of SMART training.
  • Receive an overview of SMART methodology.
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Download SMART Overview and Survey Teams PDF

Module 2 - Questionnaire and Event CalendarRead MoreHide

  • Identify and understand the different components of the survey questionnaire.
  • Identify and understand the different components of the cluster control form.

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Module 3 - Anthropometry and MalnutritionRead MoreHide

  • Define malnutrition and its various forms.
  • Identify measurements used to determine  types of malnutrition.
  • Calibrate a digital scale and measure a child’s weight.
  • Calibrate height boards and measure a child’s length or height.
  • Calibrate a MUAC tape and use the tape to measure the mid-upper arm circumference.
  • Perform a test to determine if a child has bilateral edema.
  • Interpret Z-scores using weight for height WHO Growth Reference Charts.
  • Interpret MUAC scores.

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Module 4 - Quality ChecksRead MoreHide

  • Identify potential measurement and selection mistakes.
  • Identify the objectives and the principles of the standardisation test.
  • Describe the procedures for the standardisation test.
  • Interpret the digital preference scale (DPS) of the plausibility report.
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Module 5 - Sampling MethodsRead MoreHide

Correctly identify what to do when confronted with special cases (HH or child selection).

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Module 6 - Mortality Questionnaire Read MoreHide

Execute correct mortality field procedures including:

  • Questionaire
  • Interview Techniques

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Download Mortality Questionnaire PDF


Survey Manager

The following package is the set of materials for Survey Manager level training (individuals who will be planning, supervising, analyzing and report writing of the survey data). The Survey Manager Presentations are now available for download as a whole package.

Please ensure that you download the following files to have the complete Survey Manager Curriculum:

  1. Survey Manager Presentations.
  2. Survey Manager Training Manual.
  3. Complementary Tools and Resources (part 1 and 2).
  4. Annexes.

Due to the size of the files, you may wish to scroll to the bottom of this page to individually download specific presentations and tools that interest you.


Survey Manager Presentation (All)

Survey Manager Presentations are used for SMART Survey Manager capacity building events.

Download all Survey Manager Presentations

Download all Survey Manager Presentations.

For slower internet connections, please download the PDF files.

Download PDF files of all Survey Manager Presentations

Download all PDF Survey Manager Presentations.

Survey Manager Training Manual

The training manual comprehensively outlines all of the steps to running an survey manager-level training, including participant selection and logisitical considerations.

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Download Training Manual.

Complementary Tools and Resources

Complementary tools and resources include data exercises, software manuals, statistical calculators, required readings, facilitator resources and handouts.

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Download Complementary Tools and Resources 1 of 2.

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Download Complementary Tools and Resources 2 of 2.


The following annexes include practical resources for each module of the SMART Survey Manager curriculum.

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Download Annexes.


If you have a slower internet connection the Survey Manager modules can be downloaded individually:

Module 1 - Overview of Nutrition and Mortality SurveysRead MoreHide

  • Determine the relevance to conduct a survey according to the context.
  • Define the survey objectives in a clear and precise way.
  • List the key steps to undertake a cross-sectional survey.
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Download PDFDownload Overview of Nutrition and Mortality Surveys PDF

Module 2 - Survey TeamsRead MoreHide

  • Define clearly the role of the survey manager.
  • Structure a competent, efficient, and reliable survey team.
  • Define the roles of every survey team member.

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Download PDFDownload Survey Teams PDF

Module 3 - SamplingRead MoreHide

  • Decide when and how to apply each sampling method.
  • Understand which factors influence sample size.
  • Use these factors to determine sample size appropriately with ENA software.
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Download PDFDownload Sampling PDF

Module 4 - Survey Field ProceduresRead MoreHide

  • List the daily verifications to do before leaving to the survey area.
  • Choose the most appropriate method for household selection and apply it properly.
  • Enumerate the basic procedures to follow once on the field and before leaving it.
  • Manage most common special cases that might be encountered on the field.
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Module 5 - AnthropometryRead MoreHide

  • Apply the right anthropometric measurement procedures for children 6-59 months.
  • Build and use an events calendar to estimate the age of children from 6-59 months.
  • Use the weight for height reference tables to determine the nutritional status of measured children.
  • Use ENA Data Entry Anthropometry screen appropriately.
  • Explain the different graphs and results shown on the ENA Anthropometry Results screen.

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Module 6 - Standardisation TestRead MoreHide

  • Identify the objectives and the principles of the standardization test.
  • Describe the procedures for the standardization test.
  • Enter the data of the standardization test into ENA.
  • Interpret the results and decide on the appropriate solutions.

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Module 7 - Plausibility Check for AnthropometryRead MoreHide

  • Interpret the different parts of the plausibility report for anthropometry.
  • Use parts of this plausibility check for the supervision of teams during data collection.
  • Use the evaluation done by this plausibility report to make objective and informed judgment about the quality of their survey.
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Module 8 - MortalityRead MoreHide

  • Assess the need of undertaking a mortality survey.
  • Articulate clear mortality survey objectives.
  • Identify which mortality indicators to collect during a survey.
  • Define a recall period according to survey objectives.
  • Use SMART standardized mortality questionnaires.
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Module 9 - Interpretation of Results and ReportingRead MoreHide

  • Identify the factors to consider for the interpretation of survey results.
  • List the essential elements for a complete survey report.
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Complementary Tools and ResourcesRead MoreHide

  • The following tools and resources will assist you in the SMART Survey Manager Training
Download PackageDownload Data Exercises
Download PackageDownload Facilitator Resources
Download PackageDownload Handouts
Download PackageDownload Required Readings
Download PackageDownload Statistical Calculators
Download PackageDownload Software Manuals

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