Areas of Strategic Focus

Focus Areas

In order to create pathways out of adversity for the world's most vulnerable children, we work in four key focus areas within Whole Child Development. 


  1. Resilience

  2. Practical Measurement

  3. Rapid Evaluation, Learning, and Assessment 

  4. Activating Systems


Supporting whole child development in education settings

Specific to education, the term resilience refers to the capacity of a child to cope with, or successfully adapt to, acute and/or chronic adversity that is seen as a major threat to their educational development...

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Practical measurement

Practitioner-focused best practices in measuring whole child development outcomes.

The current discourse around measurement and evaluation of children’s learning and development has moved the sector away from reliance on anecdotal information to a focus on capturing the actual change in outcomes for children in specific programs or interventions...

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Rapid Evaluation, Assessment, and Learning Methodology (REALM)

Rapid Evaluation, Assessment, and Learning Methodology (REALM) are systematic monitoring and evaluation strategies that employ an expeditious approach to program improvement and design by using timely, yet data-driven, actionable evidence that supports well-informed decision-making (USAID, 2015)...

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Activating Systems

GC-DWC engages actors at all levels of a child’s social ecology--family, school, community, and other external support systems--to support children’s learning and development, despite adversity. By supporting this learning and development through co-created activities/interventions, community actors are not only able to foster a child’s academic and social development but also the development of their community by fostering responsible citizenship...

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