It takes commitment, passion, and a lot of studies to bring about long-lasting change. We put rigorous follow-up, research, and statistics into every endeavor we launch. It’s how we can tell what is and isn’t working. Every year, we assess our progress and make adjustments to create more powerful and effective programs for our kids and young people.
Reason we measure
Our initiatives are based on the “adolescent preventive theory,” which examines early accumulated risk and danger that first manifests during adolescence. We know that missing an early goal increases the likelihood of missing later goals. Early interventions, such as those provided by our programs, provide kids a chance to make long-lasting changes in their lives while also assisting them in reaching developmental goals and giving them protective factors that may help them fend off later adverse influences.
Monitoring good habits
Adopting healthy practices lowers the likelihood that children and young people will contract a preventable disease. We concentrate on healthy habits that are easy for kids to incorporate into their daily lives and have a direct, demonstrable impact on lowering childhood diseases and mortality. According to research, the best way to improve the lives of children and teens in our communities is to encourage healthy behaviors.
Children cannot think beyond their current situation without the foundation of education. Living in poverty causes many kids to fall behind in school and frequently drop out, leading to a future filled with drugs, violence, or long-term unemployment. Our programs give children and youth the tools, secure study areas, and the tutoring support they need to graduate.
In terms of education, we assess the following:
- Increasing the number of sponsored Children International graduates who attain this milestone by 24 is one way we assess success.
- More students are attending school: We track the proportion of sponsored kids enrolled in formal education.
- The increased accomplishment of selected learning outcomes: We track the proportion of sponsored kids who meet age- or grade-level-appropriate competence requirements.
Many children and young people in our communities have never witnessed someone completing their education, realizing their aspirations, or escaping poverty. Empowerment is crucial to provide children and young people the self-assurance they need to make long-lasting changes in their lives. Children participating in empowerment programs gain valuable life skills such as leadership, problem-solving, and creative thinking.
In terms of empowerment, we assess the following:
A higher percentage of people self-report having a high level of competency in the extensive list of crucial life skills outlined by the World Health Organization.
Among them are self-awareness, critical thinking, effective communication, and other life skills.
An increase in social responsibility is indicated by data on the proportion of people who self-report having a high level of social responsibility competencies.
Empathy, conflict resolution, respect for a group effort, and other characteristics are all part of social responsibility.
What is the sponsorship of children?
A wealthy sponsor and a youngster living in poverty are brought together by child sponsorship.
Our child sponsorship program gives children, from toddlers to young adults, meaningful life and employment skills to help them break the cycle of poverty for good.