Policies and programmes to protect children and support families must be based on evidence.The Alliance’s Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group develops guidance, tools and methodologies to better measure issues and evaluate interventions in humanitarian crises.

The group has developed a Child Protection Rapid Assessment Toolkit to be used to provide a snapshot of urgent child protection needs amongst crisis-affected populations; and a Situation and Response Monitoring Toolkit aimed at supporting the collection of information to support prioritization and targeting of interventions and to improve quality of programmes. Related to this, the group has developed a list of key situation and response indicators. The group is currently working on the development of methods and tools to better measure ‘hard to measure’ issues in CPiE, such as separation and violence within the household

The Alliance’s 2016-2017 work plan sets out three objectives for the Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group:

  1. Revise existing methods and tools for assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and develop new ones
  2. Collect evidence and research though a joint research agenda (existing and new programmes)
  3. Develop guidance and build capacity on best practice in assessment, monitoring and evaluation.

Key resources include:

Child Protection Rapid Assessment Toolkit

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Situation and Response Monitoring Toolkit

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List of indicators

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Measuring Separation in Emergencies pilot reports

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The Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group is currently led by Save the Children and the CPC Learning Network. Please contact Katharine Williamson, Senior Humanitarian Child Protection Advisor, K.Williamson (at) savethechildren.org.uk and Lindsay Stark, Director of the CPC Learning Network, ls2302 (at) cumc.columbia.edu.

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AME NEWS, JANUARY 2017

Delphi Study on Children’s Participation in CPiE Assessments
The Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group has supported a global study on children’s participation in emergency-related data collection over the past year. The study, led by Dr. Lindsay Stark, Director of the CPC Learning Network, used a consensus approach called the Delphi technique to explore the opinions of 52 child protection in emergencies specialists on what factors should determine whether and how children participate in data collection in order to inform discussions around humanitarian response standards. Respondents strongly supported children’s right to participate in data collection in humanitarian settings, while also recognizing that protecting children from harm may “over-ride” the participation principle in some contexts. Points of ongoing debate around how to factor different risks into child participation decisions may indicate discordant practice. Full results will be disseminated soon.

Transforming Households: Reducing Incidents of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE)
Despite increased recognition of violence against women and violence against children as global public health priorities, the household remains a neglected locus of both forms of violence, especially within emergencies. The Transforming Households: Reducing Incidence of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE) project aimed to synthesize information on household violence to lay the groundwork for future interventions in this area. Two documents have bee produced and will be disseminated soon:
· A systematic review on risk factors for household violence in emergencies, which highlighted a clear need for longitudinal research and more rigorous experimental designs.
· A landscaping review on prevention of household violence, which drew attention to the dearth of interventions and evaluations that focus on both women and children together.

Measuring Separation in Emergencies
The global humanitarian community lacks robust tools to measure the scale and nature of family separation in emergencies. The Measuring Separation in Emergencies project developed a suite of tools to address this gap in knowledge. As part of this project, a community-based monitoring approach was implemented in 10 villages in Ethiopia following the 2016 famine. Community members were trained to use mobile phones to send messages about unaccompanied and separated children to a central project coordinator. After six months of successfully monitoring movement in the area, the program is currently winding down. Results will be forthcoming.

Child Protection Initial Assessment in Southern Africa
Between February-April 2016 a Child Protection Initial Assessment was completed for Southern Africa, addressing the El Nino crisis in coordination with World Vision International, UNICEF and Plan International. This CPIA was initiated at the request of international humanitarian organisations working both in the Southern African region, and in the child protection sector. The objective of the assessment was to support the evidence based programming and advocacy for 9 countries affected by El Niño across Southern Africa. Specific objectives were to:
· Determine the scale and pattern of the needs and protection risks for children affected by El Niño; and;
· Help actors prioritise the pressing child protection issues triggered by or exacerbated by El Niño.

Due to the nature of the regional perspective the assessment comprised of a secondary data review for all 9 countries, an online Practitioner Interview (in English, Portuguese and French) and country validation workshops and a regional validation workshop. A full copy of the report is available here > 

 

AME News, January 2017

Delphi Study on Children’s Participation in CPiE Assessments
The Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group has supported a global study on children’s participation in emergency-related data collection over the past year. The study, led by Dr. Lindsay Stark, Director of the CPC Learning Network, used a consensus approach called the Delphi technique to explore the opinions of 52 child protection in emergencies specialists on what factors should determine whether and how children participate in data collection in order to inform discussions around humanitarian response standards. Respondents strongly supported children’s right to participate in data collection in humanitarian settings, while also recognizing that protecting children from harm may “over-ride” the participation principle in some contexts. Points of ongoing debate around how to factor different risks into child participation decisions may indicate discordant practice. Full results will be disseminated soon.

Transforming Households: Reducing Incidents of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE)
Despite increased recognition of violence against women and violence against children as global public health priorities, the household remains a neglected locus of both forms of violence, especially within emergencies. The Transforming Households: Reducing Incidence of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE) project aimed to synthesize information on household violence to lay the groundwork for future interventions in this area. Two documents have bee produced and will be disseminated soon:
· A systematic review on risk factors for household violence in emergencies, which highlighted a clear need for longitudinal research and more rigorous experimental designs.
· A landscaping review on prevention of household violence, which drew attention to the dearth of interventions and evaluations that focus on both women and children together.

Measuring Separation in Emergencies
The global humanitarian community lacks robust tools to measure the scale and nature of family separation in emergencies. The Measuring Separation in Emergencies project developed a suite of tools to address this gap in knowledge. As part of this project, a community-based monitoring approach was implemented in 10 villages in Ethiopia following the 2016 famine. Community members were trained to use mobile phones to send messages about unaccompanied and separated children to a central project coordinator. After six months of successfully monitoring movement in the area, the program is currently winding down. Results will be forthcoming.

Child Protection Initial Assessment in Southern Africa
Between February-April 2016 a Child Protection Initial Assessment was completed for Southern Africa, addressing the El Nino crisis in coordination with World Vision International, UNICEF and Plan International. This CPIA was initiated at the request of international humanitarian organisations working both in the Southern African region, and in the child protection sector. The objective of the assessment was to support the evidence based programming and advocacy for 9 countries affected by El Niño across Southern Africa. Specific objectives were to:
· Determine the scale and pattern of the needs and protection risks for children affected by El Niño; and;
· Help actors prioritise the pressing child protection issues triggered by or exacerbated by El Niño.

Due to the nature of the regional perspective the assessment comprised of a secondary data review for all 9 countries, an online Practitioner Interview (in English, Portuguese and French) and country validation workshops and a regional validation workshop. A full copy of the report is available here > 

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