Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Development Interventions through Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
M.A. Psychology Program Lunch
Dr. Johann Louw, University of Cape Town
The nature and quality of the early home care environment has a critical impact on children’s development. Many South African children arrive at school significantly compromised by biological insults that have occurred in the first few years of life. As a result are unlikely to be able to benefit much from what are often under-resourced educational settings. Since 1998 new policies and programs aimed at promoting the rights of young children, including free primary health care and social grants were developed and introduced.
Apart from interventions in the health sector (including nutritional programming), there is no good evidence-base for what works to improve social sector programming for ECD in this country. The project under description will be the first South African initiative to rigorously test the effects of interventions on children’s access to services, home hygiene and safety, and the quality of learning environments in formal ECD site programs, community playgroups, and the child’s home.
Dr. Louw will describe how the task to develop M&E systems and research designs was approached, and how it is envisaged that a lasting basic M&E capacity in the partner organisations will be left behind. At this point we do not have have any results yet, other than these reflections on the development of the M&E system, and what the inclusion of a strong evaluation component has done for the programs.
This event is open to the public. If you would like to attend (and are not an M.A. student in Psychology), please RSVP below.