UNICEF staff need state-of-the-art tools and guidelines, and the know-how to use them effectively, to make the best possible impact on the situation of children and women. We update our planning and monitoring tools continually on the basis of advances in the social sciences and feedback from countries and communities where we work. These tools provide information about children, parents, families, community groups, service providers and the like, as well as the barriers and assets that influence whether our efforts are successful. This type of assessment is critical to designing effective programmes of action.
Monitoring tools that allow us to track the quality and scope of our interaction with communities are tailored to each area of our work, such as girls’ education, immunization and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is also developing methods to measure the actual behavioural impact of community-based communication activities - to help ensure maximum effectiveness in supporting social and health progress.