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Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for ECEC – Advancing data collection, research and monitoring



If you are looking to enhance quality in ECEC through advancing data collection, research and monitoring, here are some key actions you can consider and the tools to help you!

Using research to inform policy and the public

Tools to help brief policymakers, stakeholders or the media on what the research shows 

Data collection and monitoring   

Research brief



Research brief


Broadening perspectives through international perspective

Tools to help compare your country’s practices with others

International comparison

Monitoring practices



Longitudinal research



Selecting a strategy option

Tools to help assess current strategies and identify possible alternative strategies

Summary of strategies for data collection and monitoring  

Country examples

Challenge 1: Lack of data on demand and supply of ECEC places

Challenge 2: Lack of data on workforce quality and working conditions

Challenge 3: Lack of data on financing and costs

Challenge 4: Lack of data on child development

Challenge 5: Lack of data and information on the quality of ECEC services

Challenge 6: Lack of feedback cycles

Summary of strategies for research  

Country examples

Challenge 1: Need for more evidence on the effects of ECEC and cost-benefit analysis

Challenge 2: Under-researched areas or areas with newly growing interest

Challenge 3: Lack of dissemination

Managing risks: learning from other countries’ policy experiences

A quick read about challenges and risks to consider when implementing policy initiatives

Lessons learned from advancing data collection, research and monitoring

Reflecting on the current state of play

A tool to facilitate reflection on where your country stands in comparison with other country practices

Self-reflection: Data collection, research and monitoring


For examples of monitoring and assessment materials, evaluations, national reports, etc. from various countries, click here.



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