NIHR Global Health Research ECD for Peacebuilding International Network Launch, QUB

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


This network seeks to develop a measurement framework to guide efforts to build a global evidence base of the effectiveness of ECD programmes in leading to sustainable development and peacebuilding. This work represents a key strand of activity of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium and is being led by the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Early Childhood Development for Peacebuilding at Queen’s University Belfast. It draws together an international network of researchers that are working in strategic partnership with UNICEF to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of ECD programmes seeking to contribute to peacebuilding in six countries: Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. At the heart of the Measurement Framework is a high-level logic model that sets out a theory of change regarding how investments in high quality ECD programmes are believed to lead to peacebuilding. The Framework identifies a number of key elements that need to be in place in relation to government investment and policy through to how ECD programmes should be developed, the content and focus of such programmes and their anticipated impact in relation to short- and long-term outcomes. Over the next three years, the NIHR Group will develop this Measurement Framework and refine it in light of piloting it in the six countries. The ultimate aim is to develop freely-available resources for researchers to use in-country to design and undertake robust evaluations of the impact of particular ECD programmes on peacebuilding and thus contribute to the global evidence base.
Event titleNIHR Global Health Research International Research Network Launch
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational