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Approach Innovation

The right approach through innovation ensures that eminent services are available to all children without any discrimination. Any issue that causes a child rights violation is an indication of deep-seated problems within the foundations and fabric of our society. We, at Save the Children, identify these evils and work with children, families, and communities to demand answerability from the government and robust solutions to alleviate the impact of these problems that challenge the survival of underprivileged children.

Save the Children was founded on the belief that every child has the potential to change the world; this is exactly what we aim to do through the Innovation approach by enabling programmes that ensure and sustain children’s overall growth and development.

Process of BUILDING Innovation

Theory of Change
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Applied on high burden states in India, Theory of Change is an integrated approach to understand ‘how investing in adolescents and simultaneously enabling an ecosystem’ impacts the lives of these young adults. The project generates evidence at a global level aimed to improve and impact their wellbeing and life chances.

Alliance Approach
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Working together in partnership with multiple stakeholders, we aim to reach more young people and achieve results at the beneficiary, community, government, and national levels using a range of tools and innovations whilst strengthening the civil society, and promoting high-end and cost-effective strategies.

Expert Inputs & Technical Support
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While programmes are drafted, valuable inputs from thematic and technical experts of Save the Children (Child Protection, Education, Health & Nutrition, Poverty & Inclusion and Resilience streams), Quality & Learning, and State implementation team members,) along with Save the Children’s senior leadership are factored in.

Global and Local Partnerships
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This helps bring a large-scale impact and/or bolster our outreach and resolution

Rigorous Testing & Integrated Approach
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As a thumb rule for all our programmes, the Innovation Approach is always rigorously tested by implementing various processes, and at the same time collecting evidence from the field. The application of the evidence helps in better understanding the outcome of the approach.

Focus on Outcome
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The programmes make provisions based on the outcome (taking Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Education, Financial Literacy and Livelihood into consideration) and to ensure children and community-level participation and learning.

Vulnerability Assessment & Participatory Approach
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Vulnerability Assessment using the Participatory Approach to ascertain the common child protection issues and practices that cause harm and abuse to children. This also helps in identifying vulnerable households.

Creation of Child Protection Mechanism
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The Innovation Approach focuses on strengthening structures and mechanisms around child protection, which is one of the key strategies for Save the Children under its 2019-21 strategic outlay.

Improving Delivery of Community Services
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Improvement of the delivery of community-based services related to childhood vaccination, improvement of the supply chain and logistics of commodities such as Oral Rehydration Solution and zinc, promotion of positive behavioural changes related to infants and child feeding practices, improvement in access to water and sanitation service along with personal hygiene, and creation of effective partnerships for meeting the goal with an improved acceptance by families and communities.

Imbibing Accountability and Local Ownership
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Community scorecard is an ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services. The community grades the quality of various services provided to them by the government, which is then also analysed by service providers.

Use of Child-centric Health Strategies
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Information and communications technology-based modules are used by frontline workers to introduce and propagate usage of low-cost packages of ORS and zinc. Numerous community platforms, outreach sessions and health facilities were established to provide clean safe drinking water.

Contextualised Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategies and tools
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Formative research is conducted to assess prevalent behaviour in different states and the evidence is used to design, create, implement, monitor, and evaluate the impact of the evidence-based interventions, focusing on social norms, cultural beliefs, and attitudes in managing issues at the community level.

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InnovationS bringing Impact at Scale

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This has only been possible because of our donors’ support.

Placed Community Cadre for Protecting Children within their own families and communities, which lead to lesser vulnerability among children. This ensured that State Governments recognize the value and encourage wider use of this model.

Integrated WHO and UNICEF 7 – point plan for Diarrhea Control and Prevention, which led to 52.7% reduction in diarrhoea cases in project areas in 3 years and helped the aversion of over 12,000 diarrhoea cases amongst children under 5 years.

Launched Multi-Purpose Resource Center for Children, which enables child-friendly and child-sensitive processes for children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection. It also facilitates coordination amongst essential stakeholders and enables early closure of a case. This model has been officially adopted by and implemented in Tamil Nadu.

Identified, nurtured, groomed, and developed the capacity of Child Champions, enabling them to bring about a change in their community and also fight for Child Rights.

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RECENT INNOVATIONS

  • Started competency-based training for the Child Protection workforce in Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and West Bengal using virtual mediums
  • Developed Gulmohar – An ECD Curriculum Framework to strengthen [email protected] and also developed a response to a disaster situation that consists of easy-to-follow audio-visual aids using household items
  • Project-based Youth and Child Champions have taken a community-level lead in response to COVID-19 response by mobilising and supporting distributions
  • Initiated the mask-making process, according to guidelines provided by the government, in multiple project locations from Bihar to Rajasthan. Till date, almost 8,000 packs of the mask have been made for distribution
  • Brought Shiksha Baithak to the virtual platform aiming to support the teacher’s professional development and learning among children
  • Developed SOP for Adolescent and Youth Skilling Programme and Policy Brief on Improving Skill Building for Marginalised Adolescents and Youth in India

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