Preparing the Child Protection Index 2.0

During 13-15 of April, the team of child protection national experts who have worked on the implementation of the Child Protection Index in Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Armenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Georgia, have spent three days of intense workshops in Belgrade, coordinated by Andy Guth (Data Collection Manager).

Thanks to the implementing partner of the project “Young with the Voice” Open Club Serbia, we have gathered the experts who have worked on collecting the data of the pilot to discuss the improvement of this powerful regional instrument.

The aim of the workshops was the refining of the Index – with regards to its indicators, data collection, scoring, data processing and evaluation, and overall methodology – in order to obtain an even more efficient monitoring instrument. Altogether, 25 experts brainstormed on how to improve the monitoring experience for the second implementation of the Index, in the upcoming years.

Jocelyn Penner, Policy Director for World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe presented  a preview of the future data visualization platform that will host the index results of the first nine pilot countries.

The Child Protection Index – a comparative policy tool developed by World Vision International in cooperation with ChildPact – looks into the state of play of those UNCRC articles that are the most relevant for the vulnerable children in our region. The results illustrate the government’s actions towards child protection through the lens of policy, service delivery, capacity, accountability and coordination. The instrument measures to what extend the governments adopted and put in practice relevant good policies that nurture children. The Index points out how each country performs across 626 indicators, adapted from the official UNCRC implementation checklist.

After having piloted the Index in Romania, our team extended its implementation in 8 other ChildPact countries: Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Armenia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Working with the some of the top child protection experts in each country made it possible for us to have an enormous data-base of information on governmental action in the child welfare field in the Eastern Europe-South Caucasus region.

Today, together with World Vision International, our co-partner in the project, we are working on the data-visualisation platform of the Index to make it accessible for a wider audience and give an overview on how children are living in each of the countries in the region.