Barriers to Service Provision

Mary E. Young

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Barriers to Service Provision

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Benefits of interventions to improve the development of young children (ages 0–6 years) are well-known. Despite an increased global awareness of the importance of early childhood development (ECD), we still have much to do. In developing countries, we must harness the science of ECD to scale up ECD policies and programs, but there are impediments to this implementation. This chapter reviews lessons learned from external donor-supported ECD projects in developing countries to identify key factors causing delays in implementation. The issues relate to the preparation, management and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. Two main conclusions are that attention to training of staff and all stakeholders at each stage of a project is indispensable to delivering effective high-quality services, and proper understanding of monitoring and evaluation—and support from the highest levels—are crucial. Continued fine-tuning of indicators to demonstrate the impact of ECD remains a research priority.

Keywords: delays in implementation; project strategy; structure; management; institutional capacity; capacity development

Chapter.  4180 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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