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Measuring Child Development: A Toolkit for Doing It Right


The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) has released a new book for practitioners in the field of early child development. “A Toolkit for Measuring Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” offers experts and others a detailed review of the newest tools and how to apply them to successfully measure child development for children from 0 to 8 years. 

Authors: Lia C. H. Fernald, Elizabeth PradoPatricia Kariger, Abbie Raikes

Download the book here

Download the accompanying ECD Measurement Inventory here

Watch the book launch with author Elizabeth Prado


The Toolkit provides a practical, “how-to” guide for selection and adaptation of child development measurements for use in low- and middle-income countries. Users can follow the proposed step-by-step process to select, adapt, implement, and analyze early childhood development data for diverse purposes and projects. Researchers, evaluators, and program personnel from various disciplines interested in assessing early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries will find the book useful for planning and evaluating interventions, monitoring development over time, or conducting a situation analysis. The book updates and expands a previous 2009 edition, incorporating new research on the use of child development measurement tools in low- and middle-income countries and including collections of common tools put together by organizations such as Saving Brains and the National Institutes of Health.

Along with the accompanying Early Childhood Development Measurement Inventory, this Toolkit provide researchers, evaluators, and program personnel from various disciplines the rationale for measuring particular domains of child development, and offers guidance on current best practices for using this kind of measurement for population monitoring, program evaluation, and exploratory research as relates to early childhood development.

The ECD Measurement Inventory that accompanies this Toolkit contains 147 measurement tools for children under 8 years. For each test it reports the domains assessed, age range for which the tool is appropriate, method of administration, purpose of the assessment, origin and locations of use, logistics, and cost.



Early Childhood Development Measurement Inventory (Excel)