Jan 2018 – Jan 2020

Real world development of early childhood development metrics



Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania – Global

To develop a practical set of indicators to measure child development in the first 1,000 days

$799,909 Grant Value

Other funders

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -

  • UNICEF -

  • Bernard Van Leer Foundation

Better measurement tools are critical to effective execution of early childhood development (ECD) programmes. In their absence, course correction and efficient impact evaluation are impossible. This programme, which brings together world-leading research and policy professionals in four countries, will significantly advance ECD measurement, with a focus on real-world implementation and integration into existing systems.

This programme will:

  • Convene and pool knowledge to consolidate existing knowledge on ECD metrics
  • Design and test a structured and simplified ECD measurement approach, and in doing so build understanding about the links between newborn ill-health and child development outcomes. 
  • Explore challenges and enablers for routine 'real world' use of these simplified child development measurement approaches


Strengthened metrics, which can be applied through routine services, will shine a light on the scale of the early childhood development challenge, and will improve understanding of impact of interventions, while at the same time enabling mechanisms for greater accountability towards global and national efforts to ultimately ensure that every newborn is enabled to 'thrive'.

This programme will, in a short timeframe, both work to test and improve ECD metrics, and also to support their uptake. This will be through close collaboration with policy makers at country level and also harnessing global networks and opportunities.