14 December 2018, New Delhi, India - Using Evidence to Improve Child Wellbeing in India

Using Evidence to Improve Child Well-being in India

(Incorporating the launch of the Campbell Collaboration-UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti Megamap on Child Welfare in Low-and Middle-Income Countries)

Where: Juniper Hall, Indian Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi, India

When: December 14th, 2018

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-evidence-to-improve-child-wellbeing-in-india-a-guide-for-practitioners-tickets-52859260471  

Child well-being is central to sustainable development, with several Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) dedicated to improving the lives of children. For example, SDG 2 focuses on ending child hunger,
SDG 3 on ending child mortality, and SDG 4 is devoted to education. Yet all over the world children
suffer violations of their rights, including violence, child labour, early marriage, limited access to health
and social services, poor education quality and sanitation, discrimination and other forms of inequity.
Deprivation in childhood can have irreversible effects across an individual’s life, making the early years
particularly important for effective investments in the health and wellbeing of children and their

Evidence helps to not only uncover the multiple deprivations children face in different contexts but to
respond to the diverse needs of boys and girls from different socio‐economic backgrounds throughout
their childhood and adolescence. To gain a better understanding of the nature, extent, and causes of the
multiple deprivations children suffer and to develop effective strategies for prevention and response,
there is a need for increased investment in generating sound evidence both globally and in India.
This event will explore what evidence is available and how it is being used, drawing on experiences from
around the world and across India. Its objective is to convene a dialogue between researchers, policymakers
and practitioners around the usage of evidence in policy and programming.

The event will include the launch of the recently completed ‘Campbell‐UNICEF Mega Map’, which maps
evidence against the child wellbeing domains of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018‐2021. The Mega Map
provides and interactive overview of all the evidence available on a particular policy area or sector,
identifying areas where there is ample evidence to guide policy and practice, and where there are gaps
in the evidence base.

09:00-09:30   Registration

Session 1: Experience in use of evidence
Chair: Ms. Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children, India


Welcoming remarks

Ms. Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children, India


Welcome address

Mr. M. Asadur Rahman, Acting Chief of Field Services, UNICEF India


Chief Guest Address: Using evidence to improve child well-being: Indian experience

Shri. Alok Kumar, Adviser Health and Nutrition, NITI Aayog, Govt of India


Using evidence to improve child well-being: Global approaches

Dr. Howard White, CEO, Campbell Collaboration

10:45- 11:10   Refreshment Break

Session 2: Increasing the use of evidence for child welfare policy in India

Chair: Mr. Denny John, Campbell Collaboration


Building the evidence base: The child welfare Mega Map

Dr. Ashrita Saran, Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration


The adolescent wellbeing evidence gap map and UNICEF India’s evidence agenda

Dr. Nikola Balvin, Research & Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF India


Data strategy for children in India


Dr. Kanchan Dyuti Maiti, Planning & Monitoring Specialist, UNICEF India


Use of Evidence to influence policies and programmes for children’s rights : Experience of Save the Children, India

Dr. Namrata Jaitli, Deputy Director-Policy & Programme Impact, Save the Children, India




13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

Session 3: Using evidence for better programmes and policies

Chair:  Dr. Nikola Balvin, UNICEF


Budget transparency and accountability for children: Advocating for child-inclusive government budgets

Mr. Asadullah, Programme Director, Centre for Budget and Governance (CBGA)


Understanding childhood and child abuse: Perspectives from Anthropology

Dr. Sunita Reddy, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Founding Chair, Anthropos India Foundation


Using evidence, building consortia, advocating and implementing demonstration programs for maternal nutrition: Journey 2013-18

Dr. Vani Sethi, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF India and Sarita Anand, Centre for Women Collectives Led Social Action, Lady Irwin College




15:10-15:30     Break


Group work and interactive session

Facilitator: Dr. Howard White, Campbell Collaboration


Group Task: How do we stimulate better uptake and use of evidence for designing child-related policy and programs within our own organizations?


Closing remarks and next steps

Panel from participants

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