2020 Indicator Test
Validation of selected indicators
Testing Indicators 2020
UNICEF will support the national government, particularly the NSO, to strengthen its Child Protection Data Systems through enhanced collection and use of Child Protection data, in areas of Access to Justice, Children in Residential and Family-based Care, Adoption and Violence Against Children. In 2020, UNICEF will support the government testing and shaping a selected number of indicators described in the Statistical Manual for a Core Set of Child Protection Indicators in Europe and Central Asia.The countries that will participate in this process will participate on a voluntary basis, they will have adequate administrative data systems for this purpose, and strong human capacities in the relevant sector. The NSO should play a coordinating role in the country data management process, especially in quality assessment, in line with the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data. The country will select a set of indicators defined below, either Option A or Option B, and will do the test of the indicators under the selected option, using the indicators manual as the key reference of indicators definitions and metadata guiding the testing process. The test consists broadly of a feasibility assessment of capacities to collect and aggregate quality data to report on the selected indicators for testing, in the terms that they and their metadata are defined in the manual. UNICEF will provide technical support to the NSO and line ministries conducting the testing.
The testing process covers three stages: an inception meeting involving all the stakeholders, a consultation with data producers, managers and users for about 4 weeks, and a period of 2 weeks to validate the results and feed them into a reporting matrix. These will inform the finalization of the Statistical Manual for a Core Set of Child Protection Indicators in Europe and Central Asia. Eventually, the NSO and a relevant line ministry, will present an overview of the testing process, results and learning acquired, at the 2020 TransMonEE meeting.
Deliverables and Time frame
- The NSO will input the results of the in-depth testing of the indicators into a reporting matrix (the standard template of the matrix will be provided by UNICEF and can be adapted by the NSO), including detailed recommendations and actions to strengthen the CP Administrative data systems to regularly provide quality and timely data for core CP indicators. The NSO will further prepare a presentation on the results, lessons learnt and good practices for the 2020 TransMonEE meeting.
- UNICEF will prepare a revised version of the Statistical Manual for a Core Set of Child Protection Indicators in Europe and Central Asia, incorporating the results of the testing. The report and the finalized manual will be presented for validation at the TransMonEE meeting in 2020.
- The whole process, from inception to reporting in the TransMonEE meeting, will be conducted from March - October 2020.
Roles and Tasks
UNICEF will prepare, share and discuss with the NSO, the methodology/tools and time frames for the testing of indicators. UNICEF will commit human resources to provide technical support to the NSO throughout the process. Templates and tools to conduct the test will be shared by UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, and customized by the country with support from the UNICEF Country Office.
The NSO will lead and coordinate the process, with support from UNICEF in all stages, The NSO will identify all the ministries and agencies that have a role in the production of information relevant to the indicators in the manual and their dimensions of disaggregation and mobilize them to participate in this testing.
The NSO will do the following tasks:
- Explain and discuss with their respective government counterparts, the process and outcomes of the testing
- Conduct consultative meetings with all stakeholders to review the indicators metadata and provide feedback on clarity of indicators, sources of data, methods for collecting such data and overall availability and quality of data to report and or monitor each of the proposed indicators in the manual
- Review child protection data system(s) and tools that are in place for systematic collection analysis of the relevant data, data that are currently being collected and reported at national and subnational level by the different stakeholders (NSO, ministries, universities / academia, regional and municipal authorities and others as appropriate)
- Review the data flows, gaps, challenges and tools used to produce estimates for the key Child Protection indicators and to report and communicate them in a timely and user-friendly manner
- Assess the NSO capacity and role to coordinate with line ministries to obtain, validate and publish yearly updates for the key Child Protection indicators
- Assess the actual and potential capacities of other partners and organizations, including civil society and the private sector, to support different parts of the data system related to child protection
- Collect and input into the manual guidance all the available data as per the guidance provided and note specific areas where data is currently not available and or what is available does not meet the specifications in the manual
- As appropriate provide suggestions for improving such data systems to be able to capture data for all the areas covered in the indicator manual.
Option A. Indicators for 2020 Testing on
Access to Justice for Children
Albania, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia
SET OF INDICATORS
Child victims and witnesses of crime
Diversion, sentencing and detention of children
27 Unsentenced detainees as a proportion of overall prison population, by sex and age, (SDG indicator 16.3.2)
Access to independent human rights mechanisms
Option B. Indicators for 2020 Testing on
Bulgaria, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Romania
SET OF INDICATORS
5 Number of children who entered formal residential care during the year, by reason(s) for placement
7 Number of children who left formal residential care during the year, by destination upon leaving care/death of child
Children in family-based care
15 Number of children who entered formal family-based care during the year, by reason(s) for placement
17 Number of children who left formal family-based care during the year, by destination upon leaving care/death of child
Templates and Tools:
- Statistical Manual for a Core Set of Child Protection Indicators in Europe and Central Asia - version March.2020 (link)
- Tools and Terms of Reference for testing selected Child Protection indicators are available upon request (Contact person - Eduard Bonet: email@example.com)
 UNICEF Head Quarters and UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office will provide technical support to the process, through collaboration with the UNICEF Country Office.