ICT for Child Protection Case Management in Emergencies

Location:
Global, with fieldwork in Kenya and South Sudan

Our Role:
Research and evaluation

Resources:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the main child protection actors in the humanitarian sphere, have endorsed practices for programme and data management that put the wellbeing of the beneficiaries at the center of their interventions. They, along with other agencies engaged in child protection in emergencies, have begun to apply information and communication technologies (ICTs) to protect children in emergency situations through better case management.  In order to inform expanded investments in the use of ICT for child protection case management in emergencies (ICT for CPCME), an external evaluation was needed to assess the impact of current applications as well as an understanding of evidence from adjacent sectors including digital health.

Partners

UNICEF, United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Activities

  • Assessed the evidence base in the literature for the use of ICT for CPCME and relevant adjacent sectors, including health
  • Evaluated the outcomes generated through the current and retrospective use of ICT for CPCME focusing on select countries, with comparisons made where possible
  • Identified opportunities and challenges with systems integration and data flow within and between organizations and ICT platforms in humanitarian action specific to child protection across the process of case management
  • Assessed privacy and security levels and gaps of ICT applications in use or under consideration for use in case management of child protection in emergencies
  • Developed a framework and engagement model for the use of ICT for CPCME

Results

  • Characterized and contributed to the evidence base on ICT for CPCME, including one peer review publication
  • Developed a theory of change for strengthened use of ICT for CPCME
  • Developed a framework and engagement model for the use of ICT for CPCME that is in use by the 3 major agencies and their partners
  • Research was peer-reviewed and is now under consideration for the annual Best in UNICEF Research Award

More Projects

Projects we are currently working on include:

Global Digital Health Index launch

Global

A global group of leaders at the World Health Assembly today launched the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI), an interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors, and evaluates the use of digital technology for health across countries. The GDHI will empower health ministries, funders, policy makers, and industry players to make informed strategic decisions as they build sustainable digital health solutions at scale

View Project

The Global Digital Health Index

Global

An interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors and evaluates, and scores the effective use of digital technology for health across WHO Member States.

View Project

Faster to Zero

South Africa and Uganda

The goal of the project is to increase the impact of digital health solutions for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an integrated digital health system and approach.

View Project

Unfinished Business

South Africa

The Unfinished Business initiative was established to ensure that 90% of children living with HIV, TB and malnutrition are identified early and linked to the treatment, care and support that they need.

View Project

MomConnect

South Africa

MomConnect is a South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH) initiative that provides tailored information to pregnant women and new mothers about pregnancy, birth and care of an infant.

View Project

Some of the initiatives that we have previously worked on include:

AIDS-free Generation

South Africa

UNICEF South Africa commissioned HealthEnabled to investigate current digital health initiatives targeting sexual and reproductive health among youth and identify opportunities to better engage with that population, providing information and resources that promote healthy behaviors.

View Project

UNCoLSC

Global, with a focus on Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

View Project

ICT for Child Protection Case Management in Emergencies

Global, with fieldwork in Kenya and South Sudan

View Project

mothers2mothers

Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

View Project

EGPAF, Tanzania

Tanzania

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

View Project