Supporting Data-Driven Systems for Early Childhood Development



ECD Measure helps build better lives for young children around the world through data.

We support professionals, governments, non-profit organizations and researchers with tools, resources and connections to use data towards quality early childhood care and education for all children.

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We are researchers and policy experts who strive to improve early learning experiences for young children worldwide by supporting data-driven decision-making in early childhood systems.


ECD Measure is an independent entity based in the US. We work closely with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and partner with a variety of research, communications, implementing, and funding partners including USAID, ADEA, Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative, WHO, World Bank, Aga Khan Foundation, Unbounded Associates, University of Liberia, Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), University College London, and others.


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South Africa’s biggest survey of preschool child development, the Thrive by Five Index, found that 55% of children attending Early Learning Programmes in South Africa are not able to do the learning tasks expected of children their age.
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Generating and using local data for improved early childhood education systems in Africa

As part of the 2022 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) conference, Together for Early Childhood Evidence, a USAID-supported consortium convened by ECD Measure, led a panel focused on four country-led research activities (in Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda...

Taking a Human-Centered Design Approach to Early Childhood Measurement and Data

By Jem Heinzel-Nelson Alvarenga Lima   As a team who works primarily with research and data, “empathy” is not a word that we often come across. But over the past several weeks, our team dived into the world of human-centered design to think about how measurement...

Data in the Driver’s Seat: Using Data to Shape Decisions on Pre-Primary Education in Rwanda

Author:   Caroline Dusabe, Senior Education Advisor, Save the Children     Challenges Posed by COVID-19 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Rwanda, it did not just disrupt learning and cause learning loss. It also led to losses in previous gains on building high...

Relationship-building practices and social-emotional development in Liberian Preschools: Our findings using the BEQI observation tool

By Dr. Dawn Davis (ECD Measure) and Dr. Cecelia Cassell (University of Liberia) Over the past decade, Liberia has increasingly focused on improving access and quality early childhood education (ECE). Measurement is a key component of a quality ECE system, and Liberia...

Ethiopia Builds its First National Assessment of Pre-primary Education

Cross-posted on Authors:    Dr. Belay Hagos, Associate Professor of Education, Director, Institute of Educational Research, Addis Ababa University   Fitsum Mulugeta, Education Economist, The World Bank   Enrollment in Early Childhood...

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