Using hyper-local child protection data to keep children safe

With little data available on child vulnerability, policy makers most often rely on aggregated national data to formulate child protection policy and government programs. While this works for broad programing, there is no data at the local level to inform investment and strategies to implement specific and appropriate action against child harm on the ground.

To fill this need-gap, Aangan trains community women through program PACT to gather child vulnerability data with specific articulations of local issues on child marriage, labour or trafficking and even safe and unsafe areas in the community. The data is then presented to government and becomes the factual basis on which to structure conversations about prevention. Through a systematic process of feedback it is hoped that the data will be used to detect trends, allocate resources to areas of greatest priority, and measure the effectiveness of interventions.

In 2016-17, 350 community women volunteers in six states used Aangan’s child safety mobile app (designed specifically for low-literacy users) to gather household vulnerability data from 19,000 families including 40,000 children. The information and insights gained from gathering this very specific hyperlocal data has been effective in ensuring the communities and local officials reflect, prioritize and plan action that is locally relevant and can be tracked.

Ground-level data, coupled with local insights and understanding also tells other stories – such as the connections between different seemingly unconnected issues that come together and amplify the risk to children, or insights about particular times of year that are risky, or spaces that are unsafe. We use these to understand trends, and to strengthen advocacy.

To know more about our data stories, read what the data tells us about Why Children Labour