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Magnify Your Project's Impact: How to Incorporate Child-level M&E in Economic Development

Organization(s): 
FHI 360
Author(s): 
Diana Rutherford
Jennine Carmichael
Kaaren Christopherson
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Publication date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015

This publication targets economic development practitioners who design economic strengthening projects with and without the particular aim of improving child wellbeing. Adherence to this guidance will enable practitioners to protect children and expand their projects’ impact by incorporating child-level indicators into their M&E systems.


The authors advocate that by including child-level outcomes in logframes and M&E systems, adjusting programing when adverse effects on children are observed, and sharing evaluation results widely, we can improve the impact of economic development projects. By understanding what is happening to children in our project environments, ensuring that our projects do no harm to children, and improving child wellbeing, we can help strengthen the gains our projects make today and provide a stronger foundation for future growth.