Measuring milestones: Developing a tool to assess early childhood development outcomes
In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) UNICEF has led a thorough process to devise a new and robust measure that monitors and tracks progress on this indicator for children aged 24 to 59 months. One of the indicators selected to measure progress towards achieving the target is the percentage of children under age 5 years who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial wellbeing (indicator 4.2.1). The final measure is expected to be ready for countries to embark on data collection in early 2020. It will freely accessible to all countries. The questionnaire will be accompanied by implementation and dissemination tools, including interviewer guidelines, syntaxes and tabulation plans for data analysis, and templates for reporting. This measure, the first of its kind, will enable the world to track the developmental potential (including cognition, language, learning, socio-emotional competencies, etc.) of young children, at a population level.