249557 Development of a UNICEF Adolescent Well-Being Framework for Monitoring and Evaluation

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:42 AM

Mark Edberg, PhD , Department of Prevention and Community Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
Christine Norton, UNICEF TACRO, UNICEF Country Representative, Belize , UNICEF Belize, Belize City, Belize
The UNICEF core mission includes advancement of a broad agenda of child rights covering health, development and other key areas, and monitoring progress towards these goals. Moreover, there is a growing global consensus regarding addressing adolescents as a unique (child) population. Yet most data for adolescents focuses on negative indicators (e.g., HIV/AIDS, violence, substance abuse). In response, the authors, working with UNICEF Latin America-Caribbean (LAC), developed a preliminary framework for understanding/assessing adolescent well-being that represents a step beyond negative indicators, focusing instead on assets at individual, community, societal and policy levels necessary for adolescents to flourish. The framework was developed through several stages: 1) An extensive review of social/behavioral theory on adolescent development and risk; review of relevant policy documents; and a scan of (regional) program approaches to positive adolescent development, culminating in a preliminary background paper with a definition of adolescent well-being and draft framework organized into domains for monitoring/evaluation; 2) Review and critique of the initial framework from regional UNICEF M&E staff; 3) Presentation of the revised framework at a multi-region meeting in New York (UNICEF Adolescent Development and Participation Division) aimed at identifying an initial set of adolescent data for collection in the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS); and 4) a technical assistance paper with guidance on the rationale for the framework and its use at multiple levels as a monitoring, evaluation and program development tool. This paper will review the framework, its rationale, and its monitoring/evaluation use as well as program development applications.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the rationale for and process involved in developing the UNICEF Adolescent Well-Being Framework. 2. Participants will be able to explain its potential use for monitoring and evaluation.

Keywords: Adolescents, International, Data/Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the primary person conducting the research and developing the framework presented in the paper.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.