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Orphans and Vulnerable Children

MEASURE Evaluation works to improve programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) by facilitating the collection and use of much-needed data about programs and populations. We are building capacity in monitoring and evaluating OVC programs globally through indicator and tool development, program evaluation, and technical assistance.

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MEASURE Evaluation works to improve programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) by facilitating the collection and use of much-needed data about programs and populations. We are building capacity in monitoring and evaluating OVC programs globally through indicator and tool development, program evaluation, and technical assistance. MEASURE Evaluation has conducted evaluations of OVC programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, and Mozambique. We are working to build national M&E systems to monitor the national response to orphans and vulnerable children in several countries including NigeriaTanzaniaRwanda, and Cameroon 

Please click here for a fact sheet on how MEASURE Evaluation works to improve OVC programs by providing much-needed data about programs and populations. Key resources are outlined below:

Survey Tools for OVC Programs

Used to measure changes in child, caregiver and household well-being that can reasonably be attributed to program interventions. Includes quantitative child outcomes and caregiver/household outcomes measurement tools designed for use in a household survey of children ages 0-17 years and their adult caregivers.

Child Status Index 

Used to collect information concerning the well-being of vulnerable children. Enables assessment of a child’s current needs, monitoring of changes in specific dimensions of child well-being, and identification of areas of concern that may be addressed through program intervention. 

Child Status Network: A community of practice

All who have an interest in children's programs are invited to join.

Community Trace and Verify Tool

Provides programs with a way to verify that orphans and vulnerable children who are reported as being provided with services by community-based organizations actually receive services.

Case Study Series: Community-Based Information Systems

Case studies were conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia to understand and document how community-based information systems are designed, implemented, and used by program staff and government counterparts.