NFHS-4 has covered many indicators that directly or indirectly impact or indicate the status of maternal and child health and nutrition in India. These parameters belong to various domains. The two dashboards, radar diagrams, were created to showcase the normalized performance of these domains at state and district level with respect to best and worst performance of parameters within each domain.

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CTARA-State Level Dashboard

For state level radar diagram, 44 key indicators were selected. These key indicators relate to both nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive indicators.The 44 key indicators were grouped into 11 domains as seen on the radar. Each key indicator was color-coded based on the performance and was given a score. The maximum score given on best performance was 1. Thus, score for each domain wasaverage of scores of key indicators grouped under them.

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CTARA-District Level Dashboard

Similarly, for district level radar diagram, all 93 indicators were selected and were clubbed into 13 domains. Each indicator was scored with respect to best and worst performance in the state. The best value was given score of 1 while worst 0. Average score of the domain was obtained by averaging scores of each indicator within the domain.

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 How to read the radar diagram

  • Diagram shows the comparative performances of various domains under NFHS-4
  • The score shows the average score (out of 1.0) of various indicators under a domain.
  • The score of a certain sub-indicator is based on the best and lowest performance.
  • Performance improves as we move away from the centre. Closer to the centre indicates poorer performance

Reading the Bar chart (district level)

  • Bar does not represent actual value but the normalized score (out of 1.0) against state’s best and worst value in that sub-indicator Green bar indicates positively impacting the sub-indicators while Red bar indicates negatively impacting ones on child health and nutrition
  • Bar size represents the comparative performance of district against State’s best. Larger the size means better the performance of district


Such diagram is applicable in prioritizing the action plan as we get the holistic view of the state/district performance  of all the domains at one place with respect to best performance. At a glance, it is recommended to tackle poorly  performing domains having high correlation with maternal and child health and nutrition can first. Such diagram will  assist in decision-making during policy planning at the state as well as district level. Further parameters can be overlaid on the diagram to understand the scenario much better.