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Small but valuable lessons : insights from the Effectiveness Initiative

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Abstract: The author was Coordinator of the Foundation’s Effectiveness Initiative (EI) for three years before moving to his present post in the Latin American Desk in the Foundation’s Department of Programme Development and Management. The EI is a five year, in-depth, qualitative look at what makes early childhood development (ECD) programmes work for the people who take part in them, and for the communities that are intended to be enriched by them. Starting in 1999, it involves 10 diverse projects operating in a range of diverse settings. Most of the projects have now finished the research stage and are moving into dissemination of their results. This feature reviews some of the EI’s insights into why certain early childhood development (ECD) projects in rural areas work. The author points out that, set against the backdrop of harsh rural poverty, a good ECD programme has to offer much more than good childcare in order to attract and hold people; and that very often it is the small elements in a programme that prove to be important in helping it to achieve success. More information about the EI is available on the Foundation’s website:
Authors: Yánez, L.
Category: Research
End Page: 39
Serial number: 101
ISSN: 1387-9553
Journal: Early Childhood Matters
Keywords: education , children , rural development , poverty , aid programmes , evaluation
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2003
Right: © 2003 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Education, Science and Technology
Start Page: 37
Title: Small but valuable lessons : insights from the Effectiveness Initiative