Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Measurement during the First 1,000 Days
February 4-5, 2015Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Seventy-five experts in early childhood development came together in a SIEF-sponsored workshop to discuss challenges and developments in the field. Further details, including links to presentations, are below.

The two-day workshop was focused on issues related to measuring intermediate and final outcomes for nutrition and child development programs. Researchers shared common patterns of variation and brainstormed about what works, with special attention on outcomes for infants during the first 1,000 days of life. Experts in the field provided guidance about choosing domains and instruments in the context of alternative interventions and settings, and trade-offs in terms of fieldwork administration and logistics.

The first day focused on research, experiences, and challenges in measuring early childhood development outcomes. The second day focused on nutrition outcomes and costing procedures, and participants discussed future directions for measurement of early childhood development and nutrition outcomes. Presentations and further information are available in Presentations tab.

The workshop was specifically designed for SIEF-supported impact evaluation researchers who are working on measuring early childhood development and nutrition outcomes. The 75 researchers who attended represented 10 different SIEF-supported impact evaluations in the early childhood development and nutrition field.



         “The workshop provide practical filed experience regarding the vexing question of how to assess development in young 
         children using the survey techniques we generally employ for impact evaluation.

- Harold Alderman, IFPRI    

         "The workshop was incredibly useful - it gave us a chance to identify as a research community a number of areas on
         which to move the measurement agenda on early childhood development forward."

- Marta Rubio-Codina, Senior Research Economist at Institute for Fiscal Studies and Inter-American Development Bank   



  1. Agenda

  2. Measuring Early Childhood Development Final Outcomes

    • Choices & Challenges for Measurement | Video (1:10:41)
      (Lia Fernald, School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley)
      Advice for selecting instruments to measure outcomes in the domains of early childhood development; Survey of assessment tools, including pros and cons of direct tests, parent reports, and observations
  3. Adapting Bayley and ASQ

  4. Measuring Intermediate Outcomes and Mediators for Early Childhood Development (Part 1)

  5. Measuring Intermediate Outcomes and Mediators for Early Childhood Development (Part 2)

  6. Measuring Intermediate and Final Outcomes for Nutrition

    • Early Child Development and Nutrition: Linkages and Measurement Strategies | Video (33:54)
      (Maureen Black, Division of Growth and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine)
      Framework and pathways linking poverty to development outcomes; Assessment of risk and protective factors, outcomes, and implications for measurement; Discussion of environmental interactions for neuronal development, development milestones and eating, and types of unresponsive feeding 
    • Child Feeding and Food Security | Video (17:49)
      (Jef Leroy, International Food Policy Research Institute)
      Measurement of food security, infant and young child feeding, and child linear growth; Key considerations for measurement, including validity, equivalence, time, duration, and timing
    • Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention & Micronutrient Supplementation in Pre-schools in Mali | Video (18:01)
      (Sian Clarke, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
      Malaria, nutrition, and child development; Measurement of biomedical outcomes for seasonal malaria chemoprevention and nutrition education and distribution of micronutrient powders to households
  7. Costing for Early Childhood Development and Nutrition

Event Details
  • Date: February 4-5, 2015
  • Location: Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Catalogue of Evaluations