We believe that by empowering women living in extreme poverty, we can influence positive changes for their children and families – but where’s the proof? While there is a clear link between economic strengthening and different aspects of child well-being, especially nutrition and education, there is little existing evidence for the impact on children of economic strengthening programs and child protection sensitization.
Given our commitment to evidence-based programs, Trickle Up is conducting a randomized control trial to study the impact of our programs on child protection and well-being. In partnership with the University of Chicago, Women’s Refugee Commission, and our local partner ADEFAD, Trickle Up is conducting a three-arm randomized control trial to assess the impact of Trickle Up’s Graduation program aimed at female caregivers on child protection and well‐being.
The project evaluates the Graduation Approach with and without an additional child protection sensitization and mentoring component, in comparison to a waitlisted control group, who will participate in our Graduation programs at the end of the evaluation. There are 120 women participating in each arm of the trial, who were selected because they have children aged 10-15. Our goal is to increase understanding of how Graduation and complementary services can break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, while simultaneously helping 360 families lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
The results of this trial will build our knowledge of the intersection between economic strengthening and child protection. We hope to share these results to influence child protection policies and programs in contexts of extreme poverty. This study will inform Trickle Up’s future programs and government policy related to improving child well‐being and preventing violence against children in extremely poor households.