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.
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
Child in Need Institute