September 23, 2014: The State of the Evidence on Children’s Care

Hosted at the New York University’s Silver School of Social Work

As the third and final part of the series “Measuring the Immeasurable: Building the Evidence Necessary for Effective Child Protection and Family Welfare Policies and Programs,” this symposium, co-convened by the Better Care Network and the CPC Learning Network, explored the development and implementation of key initiatives to better measure and address issues of children’s care at country, regional, or international levels. The symposium topics addressed three specific areas of research on children’s care:

  1. Efforts to measure trends in family composition and children’s care and living arrangements;
  2. Initiatives to measure the impact of policies and programs to strengthen families and to ensure children’s ability to be raised in a family environment; and
  3. Measurement of situations and outcomes concerning children outside of family care and children in alternative care arrangements.

Symposium Program  |  Event Guide  |  Flier

You can watch the full symposium below:

Panel 1: Measuring Trends in Families and Children’s Care and Living Arrangements

Moderated by: Mark Canavera, Associate Director, CPC Learning Network
Presentations by:
Mindy Scott, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends
Issues in Measuring Family Structure and Child Outcomes for the World Family Map
– Florence Martin, ‎Senior Policy and Knowledge Management Adviser, Better Care Network
Who Cares For Children and Why We Should Care: Making Better Use of Data
From DHS and MICS
– Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University
Exploring Child Care Arrangements & Reasons for Family Separation in Liberia & Laos

2: Measuring the Impact of Family Strengthening and Prevention of Separation Interventions
Moderated by: Mary McKay, Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and Professor of Social Work, NYU
Presentations by:
Jeannie Annan, Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee
Measuring the Impact of Parenting Interventions in Low-Resource and Humanitarian Settings
Deborah Daro, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Early Family Support and Home Visiting: Transforming Practice/Maximizing Impacts
Andrew Muriuki, Researcher, University of Wisconsin
Improving OVC Health And Social Outcomes Through Community Caregivers In Côte d’Ivoire

3: Measuring Situations and Outcomes Concerning Children Outside Family Care and Children in Alternative Care Arrangements
Moderated by: John Williamson, Senior Technical Advisor, Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, USAID
Presentations by:
Fred Wulcyzn, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Measuring Situations and Outcomes: Public Health Impact of the Law
Lindsay Stark, Assistant Professor, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Director, CPC Learning Network
Enumerating Children Outside of Family Care and Measuring
 Separation in Emergencies
Joan Townsend, U.S. Country Director, Retrak,
Evaluating Outcomes: Retrak’s Use of the Child Status Index to Measure Well-Being of Street-Connected Children

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