Case studies on interventions at scale in the area of early childhood development

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Researchers developed case studies on ‘what works’ in early childhood development at scale in the Netherlands, Israel, Peru, and Brazil. They ensured that efforts were systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use.

What is the issue?

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an independent foundation working globally to inform and inspire large-scale action to support the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them. In 2019, they commissioned RAND Europe to deliver a set of case studies to document learning about implementing early childhood development programmes at scale.

How did we help?

In producing these case studies, RAND Europe aimed to ensure that lessons on ‘what works’ in operating at scale were systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use. In particular, the project sought to understand the critical conditions for achieving sustainable impact at scale in early childhood development.

Each case study involved a careful review of documentation and interviews with a range of stakeholders, to hear directly about their experiences and reflections.

What did we learn?

Case study on efforts to support the extension of birth leave in the Netherlands

A partnership between the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Rutgers and WOMEN Inc. supported the introduction of an important legislative change in 2018 which extended the leave entitlement for partners of mothers in the Netherlands. In analysing the efforts and impact of this alliance, this case study offers valuable lessons for others aiming to inform policy change, or more specifically, improvements around engaged fatherhood and parental leave arrangements.

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Case study on the Coalition for Education from Birth in Israel

This case study looks at the work of the Coalition for Education from Birth in Israel and its activities to bring about a change, amongst other outcomes, in childcare regulation and provision in Israel. In particular, it captures learning on working for policy change through an advocacy coalition.

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Case study on the work of civil society organisations to end violence against children and adolescents in Peru

In 2015 an important law was passed prohibiting physical and psychological violence against children and adolescents in Peru. RAND Europe was commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation to investigate the role played by two civil society children’s organisations, INFANT and ONNAS. The case study highlights five key factors that helped to maximise the impact of these organisations, providing valuable lessons for others aiming to drive social policy change.

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Case study on advocacy efforts in Brazil to extend the recognition of children's rights in early childhood

This case study analyses the events and debates between 2012 and 2016 leading up to the adoption of a Legal Framework for early childhood development in Brazil, focusing on advocacy efforts of the National Network of Early Childhood (RNPI). It highlights the factors that facilitated the adoption of the Legal Framework, as well as some of the challenges experienced in the process. Finally, it describes the continued work by RNPI and the Brazilian judiciary to ensure the effective implementation of the Legal Framework.

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