Research & Knowledge Management

What we do

AICS serves as a secretariat for Children Agenda Forum (www.childrenagendaforum.org). Through this forum of organizations that are child focused, we have identified research gaps. We have also identified these research gaps from our analysis of literature and key informant interviews.

 THEMATIC PILLAR

 ISSUES

 INFORMATION NEEDED(GAPS)

 PROPOSED RESEARCH QUESTION

CHILD PROTECTION

 

 

  • Uncoordinated Partnerships and Collaboration in relation to child Protection.
  • Lack of feedback on the research already conducted to the targeted sample(Community)
  • Low knowledge gap by most stakeholders and awareness by stakeholders involved in child protection.
  • Implementation of policies and the legal framework by the stakeholders is low.
  • Lack of a coordinated framework/channel on child protection.
  • Retrogressive Cultural practices and understanding on child protection.
  • Implementation of the children acts 2001.
  • Partners Mapping and the work that they are doing, area and scope of work
  • A reporting framework on the work and progress in the field of care and protection that is accessible from a central platform( esp from the line govt ministries)
  • Sensitization on legal frameworks governing child care and protection, available platforms on reporting child protection concerns
  • Factors contributing to lack of implementation in the policies and acts in place.
  • Impact assessment on successes and progress of the fights against retrogressive cultural practices.

 

  • What are the partners working in the field of child protection..?

 

  • What are the available frameworks on child protection..?
  • Knowledge available on child care and protection..?

 

  • Gaps in the implementation of available policies and frameworks in place..?
  • Literature content on facts on retrogressive cultural practices..?

 

Proceeded by what are…

CHILD PARTICIPATION

  • Undefined concept on child participation among partners and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and capacity gap amongst caregivers on child participation.

 

  • Guidelines on forms of participation and involvement of children.
  • Information on the types, forms, levels of child participation that results to capacity gaps amongst caregivers
  • What are the available concepts on child participation…?

 

CHILD SURVIVAL

  • No clear information on health facilities capacities to provide adequate services for child survival
  • Lack of support of the children with disabilities
  • Lack of information on follow up and management of street children.
  • Lack of awareness of feeding practice on child survival.
  • Food security
  • There should be information needed on cultural practices needed on child survival.
  • A survey is required to be able to find out capacity on child survival.
  • There should be measures on food security.
  • Knowledge on various cultural practices on child survival.
  • What information on service delivery (service charter) is available on the health facilities providing health care?
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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

  • Lack of implementation on completion of ongoing ECD policy.
  • Lack of Information on milestone development of child development.
  • Lack of awareness on the types of disabilities data and support.
  • Poor quality of education for the FPE
  • Information needed on milestone child development
  • Data on children with special needs and available support.
  • Review of FPE to enhance quality.

 

  • Any literature on child development milestones and especially those living with disability..?

At AICS, we are keen that our research benefits the society.

We do documentation of every research and its outcome. We also make follow-up and support our partners or clients to implement recommendations of our research work. We publish books and organize conferences to share evidence generated from these findings. Our work is always shared not only with our clients but also with other relevant stakeholders and government bodies that have the capacity to influence policy and decision making based on our findings in benefit of a target group and a society as whole.

Our work with USAID Uganda, QED Inc Ltd and Makerere University informed the development of the National Plan of Action for Children in Uganda. The project title was “Sector Analysis to Inform the National Forum on The State Of The Ugandan Child For USAID Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation, And Learning Program”. This was launched in Oct 2015. The purpose of the sector analysis was to provide a detailed up-to-date and evidence-based situation analysis of children in Uganda with a specific focus on the girl child. The full report can be downloaded below.
https://swsa.mak.ac.ug/sites/default/files/docs/Analysis-of-the-State-of-Ugandan-Child-Final-Final-%20Final.pdf

  • We invite partnership in research to address the research gaps listed above
  • Share your links to your research report to be broadcast on our website

Mapping child service providers and resources

AICS has set itself on the track of achieving a children GIS system by capturing sample data about children service providers in Nairobi, Kenya .These data includes : The name of the service provider, Services provided, Town, and physical location as indicated by Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

This information has then been loaded into a Batchgeo platform to generate a map about the location of each service provider especially their head offices. On a click of a service provider’s location on the batchgeo map ,every detailed information about that service provider emerges ranging from the main service it provides to their site notes or reports they have worked. Visit https://batchgeo.com/map/e76d5807afee1db36062edc346beeaf0 to view the AICS children service provider map.

This attempt is just a tip of an ice bag to what is really needed and can simply be called a prototype as it has several limitations which includes but not limited to:

  • Interactive inability
  • Does not allow customization
  • Clarity problem

FEATURED

Uncoordinated Partnerships and Collaboration in relation to child Protection. Lack of feedback on the research already conducted to the targeted sample(Community) Low knowledge gap by most stakeholders and awareness by stakeholders involved in child protection. Implementation of policies and the legal framework by the stakeholders is low. Lack of a coordinated framework/channel on child protection. Retrogressive Cultural practices and understanding on child protection. Implementation of the children acts 2001.

GAPS IN KNOWLEDGE

Partners Mapping and the work that they are doing, area and scope of work A reporting framework on the work and progress in the field of care and protection that is accessible from a central platform( esp from the line govt ministries) Sensitization on legal frameworks governing child care and protection, available platforms on reporting child protection concerns Factors contributing to lack of implementation in the policies and acts in place. Impact assessment on successes and progress of the fights against retrogressive cultural practices.

RESOURCES

What are the partners working in the field of child protection..? What are the available frameworks on child protection..? Knowledge available on child care and protection..? Gaps in the implementation of available policies and frameworks in place..? Literature content on facts on retrogressive cultural practices..?

Since the founding of AICS, we have supported the following research, monitoring and evaluation assignments

Project title

Partner and year

Link to download the report

Policy brief on kinship as an alternative care arrangement for children without parental care

Save the Children International in Kenya (2015)

 

Child Rights Situation Analysis in South Sudan

Save the Children International in South Sudan (2015)

 

Gender and Power Analysis in five slum communities in Nairobi – towards empowerment of women

Oxfam GB (Kenya) and partners, Kenya

 

Baseline Survey of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Prevention Program: Pope Francis Home (Safe Shelter) Project

Catholic Relief Services and Diocese of Malindi, Kenya

 

Child Rights Situational Analysis among Pastoralist Communities in in Kajiado, Garrisa and Marsabit, Kenya

Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR), funded by Eriks Foundation and Pastoralists Network for Children (KPNC)

 

Impact Evaluation of Child Rights Awareness Program

Terre des Hommes, Netherlands, Kenya

 

Situation Analysis of Working Children in Nakuru, Kiambu, Embu and Nairobi Counties in Kenya.

Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR), funded by Save the Child Alliance, Kenya

 

End-of-Project Evaluation of Project on “Defending the Rights of Girl Children Living/ Working in the Streets

Pendekezo Letu Kenya, funded by Every Child and Comic Relief

 

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