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Child Status Index

The Child Status Index (CSI) was designed as a simple, cost-effective, comprehensive tool to be used by low-literate community caregivers to capture information on a child’s status and well-being.

CSI Pictorial Version

The Child Status Index (CSI) provides a framework for identifying the needs of children, creating individualized goal-directed service plans for use in monitoring the well-being of children and households, and program-level monitoring and planning at the local level. As of 2013, the CSI has been used in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It has been translated for use in a variety of geographical, linguistic, and cultural contexts.

The last several years of CSI implementation have enabled MEASURE Evaluation and others to learn about how the CSI fits into the overall package of information gathering tools and when, and in which circumstances, the tool is best used. A document providing clarification on usage of the CSI was developed which describes its primary use as a case management tool and lessons learned about best usage.

CSI Tool Kit

All information needed to use the Child Status Index in an organization or agency is available in the CSI Tool Kit. The Tool Kit consists of the Child Status Index Manual,  the CSI Training Manual, a chart displaying the CSI domains, the CSI record form, a pictorial version of the CSI for low-literacy users, and a quick-reference CSI Made Easy Guide for field users of the tool.

CSI Studies

Access an overview and findings from two studies on how the CSI is implemented and the utility of CSI at the community level as a job aid.

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