Rapid SMART Methodology

Borrowing from the SMART methodology, Rapid SMART allows for the quick collection of reliable nutrition data under certain contexts. Rapid SMART surveys are only appropriate when the situation requires a rapid estimate of the nutritional status in small geographical areas. This is most often in emergency contexts with high insecurity that limits the team’s access to survey areas.

Rapid SMART has limitations compared to the standard full SMART methodology. It cannot be used to assess GAM/SAM for larger geographical areas, cannot be extrapolated to larger than the zone of assessment, and can only be used to inform emergency responses, not long-term programs.

For more information, please refer to the Rapid SMART guidelines and accompanying annexes below.

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Rapid SMART Guidelines (English)

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Rapid SMART Guidelines (French)

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Rapid SMART Annexes (English only)