IDELA Assessment Rigor and Reach Highlighted in Leading Early Childhood Development Report


IDELA: leveraging child-centered evidence to change policy, practice and investment

The Bernard van Leer Foundation, a leader in early childhood development promotion and knowledge sharing, released its 2018 Early Childhood Matters report. The report features articles from a broad range of actors and contexts, all focused on leadership, scaling and intervention within early childhood care. The article, IDELA: Levering Child-centered Evidence to Change Policy, Practice and Investment  highlights IDELA’s strength in gathering meaningful, rigorous data and gives numerous examples of the value of that data to influence policy and programming. Authors Sara Poehlman, Amy Jo Dowd and Lauren Pisani note that IDELA has a key role to play in contexts with both high and low ECD coverage by identifying gaps in service provision or by evaluating alternative pre-primary education opportunities.

To learn more IDELA’s use in different contexts, and how its results are influencing policy and programming, see our 2018 report, Beyond Access: Exploring Equity in Early Childhood Development.