In collaboration with the Government of Oman, UNICEF Oman was keen to explore the possibility of producing a sub-regional Child Development Index (CDI). The CDI would be used to inform policy decisions and service delivery in order to enhance child well-being.
A two-stage research project was recommended. The first stage entailed a review of available data sources and geographies, meetings with key stakeholders and key data owners, and production of a document setting out options on recommended approaches to constructing the CDI(s). The second phase entailed the construction of the CDI(s) and analysis of results.
This project from the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy (CASASP) related to the first stage of the project.
Phase 1 was essentially a feasibility/scoping study to inform Phase 2. A key component of Phase 1 was an initial assessment of potential data sources available for use in the CDI(s).
The primary output from Phase 1 was a report containing recommendations on how the CDI(s) might best be constructed. These recommendations covered both conceptual and methodological issues. For example, recommendations were made on the dimensions of wellbeing and component indicators to include, the most suitable geography on which to build the CDI(s), and possible analyses to undertake on the CDI(s).
DSPI Principal Investigator: David McLennan
Funded by: UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund)