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Early Childhood

ECD Research and Evaluation

Recent neuroscience research on brain development has validated the importance of quality early interaction between a young child and her/his immediate environment. These early experiences create a foundation for lifelong learning and productivity. There is a wealth of evidence from the developed world on successful early childhood development interventions and the benefits to individuals and society at large by investing in such interventions. This research is highlighted in the ECD Research Page.
There is also an urgent need to generate new evidence from the developing world that will inform innovative advocacy initiatives to convince policy-makers to act on, and reinforce the rationale for investment in early childhood. This can be done by generating operational research or evaluating the effectiveness existing programmes in terms of their outcomes, processes, and cost-effectiveness. Recently UNICEF conducted a major evaluation of its ECD programmes. In addition, smaller evaluations are conducted on an on-going basis at the country level. These evaluations are highlighted in the ECD Evaluation Page.



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