RFP for Baseline evaluation of ‘Responsive caregiving and early learning programme for children of 0-6 years in three districts in Bihar
Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Apply By: 06 Nov 2019
RFP Title: RFP for Baseline evaluation of ‘Responsive caregiving and early learning programme for children of 0-6 years in three districts in Bihar
Deadline: 6th November 2019
About the organization:
The Aga Khan Foundation (India) (AKF (India)) is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of 11 independent development agencies addressing the needs of poor and marginalised communities in more than thirty countries where it operates. The Foundation has been active in India since 1978, implementing programmes directly and in partnership with other AKDN agencies and implementing partners. Active in six states, its multi-sector programmes include the strengthening and expansion of agriculture and food security initiatives, economic inclusion, early childhood development, education, health and nutrition, including facilitating access to sanitation and clean drinking water, and the establishment of community institutions and building their capacity to lead and sustain development interventions.
About the project
Aga Khan Foundation India is working with the Government of Bihar to improve the quality of early childhood development by strengthening the capacity of Anganwadi workers, supervisors and other functionaries within the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). The programme will directly target ICDS staff in 3 districts in Bihar - Patna, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur, covering both urban and rural areas. In year 1, AKF will implement the program in 2 blocks, i.e. Muraul and Phulwari Sharif, within these districts more intensively, building on existing relationships with Anganwadis, providing training and on-site support to Anganwadi workers and communities. AKF will also train all ICDS supervisors across the 3 districts so that they can support Anganwadi centers in other blocks.
Key outcomes of the proposed programme are:
- Frontline workers and government functionaries will have a better understanding of ECD, and actively promote quality early childhood development at Anganwadi centers and in communities.
- Improvement in the quality of early childhood development at Anganwadi centers
- To build a wider awareness of nurturing care and the science of Early Childhood Development amongst different stakeholders
Objectives of the assignment
The agency/team of experts is expected to map the existing knowledge, attitudes and practices among frontline functionaries including Anganwadi workers, helpers, supervisors, Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) on Early Childhood Development. Community mapping will help to identify existing knowledge, attitudes and practices around caregiving, discipline and play for young children (0-6) among families and communities.
The key aims of the study are:
- Assess the quality of early childhood education being provided in intervention Anganwadi centres
- Map existing knowledge and skills of government functionaries, i.e. Anganwadi workers to provide early childhood education and Anganwadi supervisors to provide mentoring support to workers
- Assess the current status of child development outcomes and compare with the existing child assessments conducted by Anganwadi workers
- Identify the knowledge gaps, existing cultural beliefs and practices around responsive caregiving, play, discipline and early learning activities and the key factors that influence particular beliefs and attitudes
- Understand the perception of government stakeholders at district and block level on responsive caregiving and early learning.
Scope of Work
The agency / team of experts will be responsible for the overall design of the study, sampling strategy, development of data collection tools and protocols, data collection, entry and analysis, and report writing. The agency / team of experts will develop overall design and data collection tools or protocols in consultation with AKF India representatives.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Reviewing all key project documentation
- Designing the study methodology and sampling strategy
- Developing data collection tools and protocols, mapped with the project’s outcome indicators. For centre and child level assessment, existing ECE environment observation tools and state assessment cards can be used.
- Translating data collection tools to Hindi, and back-translation to English
- Training of data enumerators
- Collecting data, and ensuring the quality of the data being collected
Submission of bids:
The bid has to be submitted in the prescribed format on or before Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by 5 p.m. Indian Standard Time to firstname.lastname@example.org
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