The Child Census tool was developed as part of the Berhane Hewan program in Ethiopia to identify locations where the greatest numbers of girls are out-of-school and/or married. The tool has also served as a rapid baseline survey for project interventions and a way to monitor the impact of interventions in the areas with the highest rates of child marriage. This rapid tool assesses the status of both girls and boys in communities where it is undertaken, and allows programmers to create a tangible, data-driven justification for programmatic focus on girls. It can also contribute, generally, to evidence-driven programming for children and youth.
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