CHILD FRONTIERS

PROJECTS

 
 
 

Research

2020 : [ UNICEF Rwanda ] : Learning initiative on transforming care in Eastern and Southern Africa

Child Frontiers is supporting UNICEF Rwanda and UNICEF ESARO to promote and facilitate a regional learning initiative strategically focused on transforming child care within a systems-based approach. This work is highly consultative and collaborative; opinions, expertise and insights from individuals and organisations are sought out and integrated into all phases of the efforts. The work involves two separate but interlinked areas of focus: Developing and supporting an online information exchange for state and non-state actors to share experiences and promising approaches and practices; and supporting and drafting the production of shared thematic and policy and practice-related briefs based on discussions within the community of practice. One main focus of these briefs is the learning that has happened in the alternative care sector during the time of COVID-19.

2020 : [ Girls Not Brides ] : Child Protection Thematic Brief

Child Frontiers is developing a thematic brief for Girls Not Brides (GNB) on evidence-based child protection approaches to prevent and respond to child marriage. GNB is a global partnership of more than 1400 civil society organizations from over 100 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their full potential. This thematic brief will complement other sector focused briefs being developed by GNB including child marriage within the education sector. The purpose of this assignment is to increase understanding of how child protection investments at the national and community level can accelerate action to end child marriage, and highlight the important role civil society can play to strengthen child protections systems. The primary audience members for this brief are the Girls Not Brides’ civil society organizations.

2020 : [ Family for Every Child ] : Covid-19 and Children’s Reintegration

Child Frontiers is writing a short think piece on children’s reintegration in the context of COVID-19. The paper is aimed at policy makers and program managers and considers how reintegration processes have been adjusted during the pandemic and lessons learnt from these changes, both in relation to effective reintegration during a pandemic and more broadly. The paper uses the global inter-agency reintegration guidelines as a starting point, exploring how the application of this guidance may need to be adjusted in the light of COVID-19.

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Evaluation

2020: [ IOD Parc ] : UNICEF ECARO Evaluation Quality Reviews

Child Frontiers is part of a consortium of organizations led by IOD Parc, that has been awarded a contract to undertake country program evaluations and country thematic evaluations for UNICEF ECARO (Europe and Central Asia). Child Frontiers’ contribution will be of quality reviews, and will be joined in the consortium by IOD Parc, evaluation specialists IMC USA, Turkey-based social and economic policy research specialists Development Analytics, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan based research specialists M-Vector.

2020 : [ IOD Parc ] : UNHCR Evaluation Quality Assurance

Child Frontiers is partnering with IOD Parc to provide quality assurance input on child protection issues on Evaluation reports produced by UNICEF and United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

2020 : [ UNICEF Croatia ] : Evaluation of the Family and Community-Based Care

Child Frontiers is conducting a formative evaluation of the family and community-based services for prevention and response to violence, abuse, exploitation and exclusion of the most vulnerable children in Croatia. This evaluation will assess the extent to which the interventions conducted with UNICEF’s support in the period 2017-2021 are successful in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, and also how gender and equity issues have been addressed. It will provide recommendations to support further improvements in provision of family and community-based services, and scaling up by the Government in centers for social welfare, family centers and other potential organizations within the social welfare system. The project will guide UNICEF’s contribution and role in the area and inform future UNICEF policy dialogue, strategic programming and child-focused policy advocacy in developing and expanding family and community-based services for the most vulnerable children and families.

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Technical Assistance

2020 : [ UNICEF Thailand ] : Child Protection System Visioning Exercise

Child Frontiers is supporting the Royal Government of Thailand to develop, through a participatory and facilitated process, a vision for protecting children throughout the country. The visioning process will support the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, led by the Department of Children and Youth, to conduct a comprehensive review of the structure and functioning of the existing child protection system.  Based on this analysis, a multi-stakeholder working group will undertake a process of national dialogue and debate to define and agree a long-term approach for protecting children in Thailand. The objective is to establish a unifying national vision or ‘direction of travel’ to guide child protection duty-bearers across government agencies and within the civil society sector.

2020 : [ UNICEF Afghanistan ] : Editing of Child Rights Policy

Child Frontiers is assisting the UNICEF Afghanistan in editing an early draft of the National Child Protection Policy, by contributing its expert knowledge and experience around developing such polices so that they may be aligned with international standards. A robust National Child Protection Policy is an important foundation in the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Children’s Rights in Afghanistan.

2020 : [ UNICEF Malawi ] : Change Management Process

Child Frontiers is leading a developmental evaluation to support a change management process within the UNICEF Malawi Country Office, with the purpose of bringing evaluative thinking, logic, and tools to support innovation and adaptive management. This process follows a completed first phase which resulted in a draft theory of change that presented a pathway to the goal of structurally facilitated integration, and buy-in from relevant stakeholders. This second phase facilitates continuous learning and rapid real-time feedback to accompany the change process by working with Country Office staff over an 18-month period, and may prompt course correction along the way. Although the developmental evaluation is largely internally focused on the Country Office, it also examines and considers the influences and effects of Government and development partners on the change management process, and may result in a new model of ‘structurally facilitated integration’ that can better equip UNICEF and its partners deliver results for children.

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Training

2020 : [ UNICEF Timor-Leste ] : Developing and Integrating a Covid-19 Training Module

Child Frontiers is developing a training module on child protection in the COVID-19 context, as complementary material to the existing training curriculum for the Social Welfare Workforce (SWW), implemented in Timor-Leste by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI) with the support of UNICEF.

2019 : [ Ai You Foundation ] : Child Welfare and Protection Training Workshop

Ai You Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in China engaged in child welfare and venture philanthropy, has contracted Child Frontiers to design and facilitate a capacity building workshop for their child welfare team to share and analyse the history, latest knowledge and international evidence around child welfare and protection, as well as approaches that have proven useful in different contexts. The Beijing workshop will be designed to strengthen Ai You’s child welfare programming as well as begin working with frontline staff and senior management to strategically assess the Foundation’s current role and potential future contributions to child welfare and protection both in China and internationally.

2019 : [ Family for Every Child ] : Research training and toolkit

Child Frontiers facilitated a research training in July 2019, for Family for Every Child’s Alliance Program Team on the topics of how to tell when research is the best approach to a problem and choosing a research focus, methods and types of primary research (possibly including participatory research and action research which are expressed interests of participants) and qualitative analysis. Child Frontiers will also provide technical advice on a research toolkit to provide a guide for staff, consultants and members on how to design, manage and contribute to research projects conducted by the Family for Every Child alliance and; compile Family for Every Child’s associated tools.

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