Open data partnership for health and nutrition: new opportunities

Stakeholder Insights

  • Mapped over 40 key stakeholders across nine sectors with open data initiatives worldwide
  • Mapped existing and emerging global policy initiatives, commissions and indeces in the health and nutrition ecosystem
  • Conducted interviews with 15 key influencers based on developed interview protocol
  • Provided comparison of SDG targets with Nestlé CSV (Creating Shared Value) commitments with a focus on improving health and nutrition based on open data
  • Scanned social media and conducted other research
  • Designed Atlas Smart Map, visualizing key stakeholders based on their influence and interest in potential strategic collaborations


Commissioned by one of the leading nutrition research institutes in the world, Nestlé Research, we identified global strategic partners to enable the sharing of their interactive data platform, Nutrition and Health (Atlas), with stakeholders for global public benefit.

The Atlas is Nestlé Research’s internal interactive database providing a unique range of demographic, socio-economic, nutrition and health-related data for 190 countries. The data has been extracted from key public sources such as the WHO, Demographic and Health Surveys, the World Bank, the FAO including GIFT (Global Individual Food Consumption Data Tool), GFDx (Global Fortification Data Exchange), DHS STATompiler, Global Nutrition Monitoring Framework, Global Nutrition Report and others. This has been complemented with Nestlé’s proprietary data. It has been used for developing Nestlé’s group of companies’ strategies, product portfolios, health claims and communications with key opinion leaders, stakeholders and consumers.

Based on extensive consultations, review of GD in-depth knowledge of global multi-sectoral networks in health, nutrition and food systems, we mapped key influential individuals across stakeholder groups interested in collaborating and building the Atlas together. Using a “snowball” methodology, we interviewed some of the key actors from the health and nutrition ecosystem from nine sectors: academia and research, multilateral organizations, NGOs and NGO alliances, multi-stakeholder initiatives, global forums, foundations, business and industry alliances.

Interview protocol was developed through consultations with the client. In addition, we conducted an extensive web search and literature review of emerging open data initiatives using various combinations of search terms. Review and scoring of stakeholders was based on an approximation and consensus (high-medium-low); we estimated potential interest and influence based on the organization‘s potential for data contribution, data sharing, funding, maintenance, hosting, communication, distribution, knowledge and expertise, global partners‘ networks, political and policy influence, social visibility, risk profile, etc.


Information gathered through the Smart Map process is proprietary and was used for the development of the Nestlé Research's collaboration scenarios for the Nutrition & Health Atlas. Further information can be shared upon request.
Exciting initiative, we are very interested to participate. It must have users at the table and pilot use cases with participants from cities and countries, and align with the Sustainable Development Goals and non-communicable diseases targets.
Kim Stitzel, Senior Vice President, American Heart Federation