Child Status Index Regional Conference Attendees Learn Best Practices for Implementation
Seventy-five people from 11 countries came together to receive information on the implementation procedures of the Child Status Index (CSI) toolkit at the first three-day Child Status Index Regional Conference, organized by MEASURE Evaluation in Kigali, Rwanda on March 17-19, 2009.
Service providers to orphans and vulnerable children exchanged successful practices in the implementation of the tool and its ability to monitor and evaluate child well-being in their organization and/or country.
"The CSI toolkit provides a comprehensive way of assessing how close OVC programs are to improving child outcomes," said Dr. Florence Nyangara, M&E Specialist for MEASURE Evaluation.
One-hundred percent of participants agreed that their expectations of the workshop had been met and were very enthusiastic to go back to their respective countries and organizations and put what they learned into practice. In addition, country teams were created to work on country-level plans, get others involved and advocate for the use of CSI.
To continue to share information about the use of CSI, attendees of the conference formed the Child Status Network (ChildStatusNet), a community of practice that will help extend the knowledge on the proper use of the tool.
Dr. Mujawamariya Jeanne D’Arc, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, closed the conference and congratulated participants for their achievements, saying, “Streets are not for children.”
To learn more about MEASURE Evaluation’s Child Status Index, visit http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/childstatusindex.
To learn more about MEASURE Evaluation’s work with OVC programs visit http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/about/program-areas/ovc.