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Our vision is a world where all children, youth, and families can thrive and realize their rights.

Our model in action

We accomplish this vision through catalyzing connections and linking global and national level actors to re-envision child well-being. Participatory ways of working are a hallmark of our network’s approach to children’s care, protection, and development.

Research and learning

Research and learning are the lifeblood of the CPC Learning Network, and we prioritize participatory methods in our work. Bringing together researchers from Columbia University and other academic institutions in over 20 countries, we accomplish our work through in-country partnerships and collaborations. The CPC Learning Network has a strong record of creating, collating, and adapting innovative tools and methodologies for understanding and measuring children’s well-being.

Examples of such methodologies include:
  • The Grounded Child Protection and Well-being Survey (GROWS) A tool that captures population-based child protection and well-being outcomes using locally defined indicators of child well-being, child protection, and social norms. The GROWS have been used cross-sectionally in selected districts in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, but the methodology was designed to be easily repeated so that it can be used to track changes in a given area over time.
  • Participative Ranking Methodology (PRM) A mixed methods approach that generates contextualized data that can be counted, ranked, and compared across or within groups. This methodology promotes a participatory process, which rapidly highlights key findings while providing the opportunity for deeper analysis as resources permit. The PRM has been used to better customary caregiving arrangements for refugee children living in Rwanda, as well as community-based child protection mechanisms in a variety of sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Policy and practice guidance

At The CPC Learning Network, we also translate knowledge into guidance for practitioners and policy makers on how to rethink and design effective approaches to advance child well-being.

Examples of such guidance include:

Convening and sharing

The CPC Learning Network facilitates the sharing and dissemination of research and learning on child well-being through webinars, online courses, and in-person learning events with civil society organizations, service providers and advocates, government representatives, academics, and funders. Our reach - and our impact -  is global.

Examples of such learning opportunities include:
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