Practical Measurements Toolkit

The current discourse around measurement and evaluation of children and adolescents' 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 and adolescents in specific programs or interventions. While there has been significant attention on the rigor of measurement, limited focus has been placed on ensuring that measurement of children and adolescents' learning and development is appropriate and feasible for practitioners in low-income and fragile contexts. Through the programs supported by the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC), we focus on practical measurement: measurement that is driven-by and focused on the needs of practitioners working with limited time and resources in low-resource and fragile contexts.

Designed with this in mind, the Practical Measurement course focuses on four key parameters —appropriateness, utility, feasibility, and rigor— that practitioners should consider when attempting to measure children and adolescents’ learning and development. Pulling on over a decade of experience working on measurement and evaluation in low-resource, conflict-affected, and fragile contexts, Dr. Nikhit D’Sa guides users through the self-paced modules, sharing practical measurement and evaluation guidance, insights, tips, and resources. Explore the modules in any order you wish, collect Dr. D’Sa’s recommendations on additional measurement and evaluation resources from global organizations, and begin to develop a plan to simply and effectively measure and evaluate children and adolescents’ outcomes in your context.

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