Objective 5: Promote Evidence-Based Policies and Programs

The U.S. Government will devote resources to building and maintaining a strong evidence base on which future activities to reach and assist the most vulnerable children can be effectively planned and implemented. This evidence base will assist in the cost-effective utilization of program funds as well as the monitoring and evaluation of program effectiveness and long-term impact on children.

Often, it takes credible statistics to get political leaders to take notice, and most importantly, to act. A driving factor behind action is the foresight to collect and use representative surveillance data in policy decision making and sustained funding commitments.

Well-designed nationally representative prevalence studies, ongoing surveillance systems, and outcome evaluations, especially those that measure long-term impacts, could better inform interventions. Measurement methods exist today to illuminate even hidden situations, such as children outside of family care and sexual violence against and exploitation of children. Capacity to use such methods is being developed by the U.S. Government, universities, international organizations, and others in the countries where the need is greatest.

Below are the specific outcomes that the U.S. Government aims to achieve.

Outcome 5.1: The number of prevalence studies that measure and track trends in children’s exposure to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect is increased.

Outcome 5.2: The number of published (easily searchable) outcome/impact evaluations on  interventions to assist children outside of family care or minimize exposure to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect that can be generalized to larger target groups is increased.

Outcome 5.3: The number of national governments and universities leading rigorous data collection, research, and monitoring and evaluation studies related to child welfare and protection is increased.

Outcome 5.4: The number of U.S. Government-supported interventions for children in adversity designed using data from rigorous research methodologies is increased.

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