Establishing performance standards for child development: learnings from the ECDI2030.

Petrowski, Nicole, de Castro, Filipa, Davis-Becker, Susan, Gladstone, Melissa ORCID: 0000-0002-2579-9301, Lindgren Alves, Claudia Regina, Becher, Yvonne, Grisham, Jennifer, Donald, Kirsten, van den Heuvel, Meta, Kandawasvika, Gwendoline
et al (show 5 more authors) (2023) Establishing performance standards for child development: learnings from the ECDI2030. Journal of health, population, and nutrition, 42 (1). p. 140.

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<h4>Background</h4>Standards of early childhood development (ECD) are needed to determine whether children living in different contexts are developmentally on track. The Early Childhood Development Index 2030 (ECDI2030) is a population-level measure intended to be used in household surveys to collect globally comparable data on one of the indicators chosen to monitor progress toward target 4.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals: The proportion of children aged 24-59 months who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being.<h4>Methods</h4>To define performance cut-scores for the ECDI2030 we followed a criterion-referenced standard setting exercise using the modified Angoff method. The exercise gauged the expectations from 15 global experts in ECD and was informed by representative population data collected in Mexico and the State of Palestine. The final calibrated age-specific performance cut-scores were applied to these data to estimate the proportion of children developmentally on track, disaggregated by background characteristics, including the child's sex and attendance to early childhood education.<h4>Results</h4>Through a process of standard setting, we generated robust performance standards for the ECDI2030 by establishing five age-specific cut-scores to identify children as developmentally on track.<h4>Conclusions</h4>This paper demonstrated how the standard setting methodology, typically applied to measures in the health and education fields, could be applied to a measure of child development. By creating robust criterion-referenced standards, we have been able to ensure that the cut-scores related to age for the ECDI2030 are based on performance standards set by global experts in the ECD field for defining on and off track development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Exercise, Child Development, Child, Child, Preschool, Educational Status, Surveys and Questionnaires, Sustainable Development
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2024 10:03
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 10:04
DOI: 10.1186/s41043-023-00483-2
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