Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

Team contacts: Joy Lawn, Cally Tann, Kate Milner, Victoria Ponce Hardy

Worldwide, an estimated 250 million children under the age of five are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential. The Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) envision that every child has the opportunity to thrive and the 2018 WHO & UNICEF Nurturing Care Framework provides a policy framework for this.

To support the shift to large-scale implementation for ECD, policymakers and programmers require practicable suggestions for context-specific design and implementation interventions. This project builds on an evaluation of the Grand Challenges, Canada Saving Brains portfolio that took place in 2016, and, with additional analyses, aimed to discuss the evidence to inform scaling of early child development programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

A series of papers of the results was launched in March 2019 at the International Pediatrics Association in Panama City, Panama. Subsequent presentations of the series have taken place at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health Conference (May 2019) and at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (May 2019).


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