An Analysis of Community-Level Strategies to Build Child Protection and Rights in India

Prevention Science in Child Protection: An India Case Study

This project examines the strategies of three innovative Indian nonprofits working to protect children at the community level to learn what a successful approach requires. Simultaneously, this project aims to develop a methodology for evaluating prevention science globally.

Project Title

An Analysis of Community-Level Strategies to Build Child Protection and Rights in India

This project is intended as a corrective to the dominant focus on remedies targeting already-occurred violations of children’s fundamental rights. It will enable further research in this field and will guide policy development, shifting child protection inputs and outcomes from after harm is done to before harm occurs.

Project Summary

In the field of child protection, rigorous academic research on interventions that pre-empt and eliminate harm to vulnerable children rather than respond to it after the fact has been rare. There is a clear and pressing need for evidence that supports such interventions. This project documents and evaluates the prevention strategies used by three innovative nonprofits in India: Aangan Trust, Child in Need Institute, and MV Foundation. The study will generate a data set using a participatory, mixed-methods methodology that assesses the organizational practice of all three nonprofits and evaluates the results that they achieve in specific program sites for vulnerable children aged 10–17, for families, and for service providers and government officials. The project aims to further practical understanding of what prevention entails and how it can be operationalized at the local level, providing an evidence-based case for increased investment in such programs. It also aims to develop a methodological approach to prevention science that will spark further global research in this field.

Partner Affiliations in India

Aangan Trust

Child in Need Institute

MV Foundation

Principal Investigators

  • J. B.

    Jacqueline Bhabha

    Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • A.Y.

    Aisha Yousafzai

    Associate Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • E. Donger

    Elizabeth Donger

    Research Associate, Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights