Technical Brief on Why Measuring Child-Level Impacts Can Help Achieve Lasting Economic Change

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), FHI 360

Why should economic strengthening (ES) projects monitor and measure how they affect children? Until recently, the development community has largely assumed that greater household economic welfare also leads to improved wellbeing for children. While evidence indicates that there is a correlation between increased household economic welfare and child wellbeing, studies have also shown that in the short-term, household economic activities may have no or even negative impacts on children’s wellbeing, such as risks of decreased school attendance or increased child labor.  

For the past six years, the  Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening (STRIVE) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by FHI 360, and the Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Network’s Task Force on Livelihoods and Economic Strengthening, have sought to increase our understanding of the link between households’ economic situation and children’s wellbeing.  STRIVE and the CPC Network’s new technical brief “Why Measuring Child-Level Impacts Can Help Achieve Lasting Economic Change” is based in their experience and research, and shares emerging lessons and relevant recommendations for both practitioners and donors seeking to maximize the benefits of economic strengthening projects and support sustainable growth.