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Child Well-Being Research Published

Retrak is pleased to announce the publication of our work on child well-being in reintegration in the journal Global Social Welfare. This will be part of a special issue edited by the Better Care Network and the CPC Learning Network.

Seeing children return to safe and caring families is at the heart of Retrak’s mission. To better understand the effectiveness of our reintegration programmes, we have been tracking the well-being of children as they progress from the streets, through Retrak’s centres and back to their families. These assessments have provided insights to inform programme planning and a platform from which to build support for reintegration with donors and policy makers.

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There is currently limited evidence around outcomes for reintegrating children. It is essential that more organisations monitor reintegration programmes and share results so that methods can be revised and improved. These well-being assessments are an example of a simple monitoring tool, which can be integrated into case management systems, to effectively track both changes in children’s lives and the quality and effectiveness of reintegration programmes.

Retrak is continuing to explore ways to improve monitoring of reintegration programmes through a strong research learning focus in project planning and implementation in its work in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda. Retrak is also taking a leading role in international learning as the lead agency for the RISE Learning Project on Monitoring and Evaluation of reintegration and as a member of the core group drafting inter-agency guidelines on children’s reintegration (final draft currently under review).

For more details contact Retrak’s Monitoring and Evaluation team here