Evidence about the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report)

Abstract

Query

Identify and summarise evidence about the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries. Please highlight information on cost effectiveness, on effectiveness (cost or otherwise) of case management or of better integration of services for vulnerable children more generally.

Key findings

There is little evidence on the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries. Furthermore, some of the available evidence does not provide information on links between specific practices on the one hand and improved outcomes and impact for children on the other hand. There are, however, some targeted insights into what works and what does not work.

Overall, the effectiveness of child protection programmes seems to be only average and highly variable. One commonly cited finding is the importance of contextualising action: programming, programme implementation and programme assessment need to be tailored to local situations and practices in child protection. It is also important to acknowledge that child protection is political and reflects political choices by governments and donors.

This report first identifies and describes the state of available evidence. It then presents findings on the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries.

Citation

Combaz, E. Evidence about the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2013) 15 pp.

Evidence about the effectiveness of child protection programmes in developing countries (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report)

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