There is a notable lack of evidence about which policies and programs most effectively protect children and enable them to reach their full developmental potential. This lack of evidence has implications for how effective policymakers and practitioners can be in ensuring that children reach their full potential. A weak evidence base creates inefficient resource flows by allowing for the continuation of ineffective practice. Practitioners and leaders hoping to provide the care and protection necessary for children to thrive deliver services without understanding of the impact of their work. Limited knowledge also holds back our ability to make the case for the care and protection of children at the national and global policy levels.
Established in 2008, the CPC Learning Network promotes innovative research, nurtures communities of learning, and builds the next generation of researchers and advocates for children and families.
We develop innovative tools and methodologies to better measure children’s care, protection, and welfare. These methods and tools range from program-level evaluations to broader research methods focused at the policy level.
In generating such evidence, the CPC Learning Network also advocates at multiple levels to ensure the inclusion of such evidence in the development and implementation of policies and programs that allow children to thrive.
Training and Curriculum Development
Throughout these processes, we build capacity to strengthen the protection, care, and welfare of children through research and advocacy training and mentorships with academics, practitioners, and policymakers throughout the network. The CPC Learning Network has also supported the development of child protection and family welfare curricula for integration into university settings in settings around the globe, from Sri Lanka to Liberia to Uganda.
Convening and Sharing
The CPC Learning Networks facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge through bi-annual conferences, regularly webinars, and country-level learning events. We also publish monthly newsletters and organize symposia.