Organizational Monitoring and Evaluation
Evaluating the overall program transition involves identifying time-bound objectives and expected outcomes, and establishing indicators of change by which impact is assessed. A monitoring and evaluation plan is ideally put into place at the very beginning of a transition. It is then used (and adapted as needed) to systematically gather data and feedback to objectively assess the relevance and success of ongoing and completed programs and interventions.
Indicators of success in transitioning care may include increases or improvements to:
- Children’s wellbeing as demonstrated by children’s health, development, behavior, school attendance, sense of belonging, sense of safety, and relationship to family members;
- Family wellbeing as demonstrated by families’ health, parenting and caregiving confidence, income and assets, and utilization of community-based child and family services;
- Community strength as demonstrated by understanding and social support of family care, effective child protection systems, availability of child and family services, coordination between local service providers, and local government and community leadership; and
- Organizational strength as demonstrated by good governance, staffing capacity and skill level, strong planning and tracking systems, adequate resources and good use of finances, and engagement with the community.
Effective monitoring and evaluation provide opportunities for learning and support the ability to make adjustments based on the information gathered. Ultimately, this helps to ensure that children are protected from harm and are receiving high-quality care both during and after the transition.
Child Protection Resource Pack: How to Plan, Monitor and Evaluate Child Protection Programs Offers clear and practical guidance to strengthen child protection for improved planning, monitoring, and documentation. Includes sections on how to analyze the child protection situation, how to design a child protection program, how to monitor the results of a child protection program, and how to evaluate for child protection. (UNICEF)
Manual for the Measurement of Indicators for Children in Formal Care Introduces a systems-level view of a set of common indicators for children in formal care (e.g., institutional care and foster family care), provides information on why indicators are important, and gives guidance on mapping in child protection systems and how to collect data. (Better Care Network and UNICEF)
A Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Children’s Participation: A 10-Step Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Children’s Participation Provides a 10-step guide for participatory monitoring and evaluation with children and other stakeholders. This guides goes along with How to Measure the Scope, Quality and Outcomes of Children’s Participation. Offers guidance to support children and other stakeholders to identify objectives and indicators and undertake data collection, documentation, and analysis. (Save the Children)