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You can use this toolkit to identify Caregiver Resources of interest to build a comprehensive program theory of change or monitoring and evaluation plan. Simply click on the caregiver resource(s) of interest on the list to the right and compare the available options for measuring each caregiver resource.

For each caregiver resource, there is an overview page and a list with links to the relevant measures. At the link for each measure, there is a description of how it is applied and scored, and where it has been used in relation to child nutrition with a link to access the measure. Find measures by clicking on the caregiver resource in the navigation bar or searching in the search function. You can also filter by geographic focus.


Example of how to use the toolkit


Imagine a new program that prioritizes feeding children 6-23 months a diverse diet and encourages increasing food after illness to enhance child nutrition. Initial research reveals that caregivers often feel isolated, are overburdened by multiple responsibilities, and experience physical abuse in their households. Using this information, the program team identifies three Caregiver Resources that their program can address to improve child feeding: social support, time sufficiency, and safety and security. The team then intentionally incorporates these Caregiver Resources into the program impact pathway and recognizes the need to address these Caregiver Resources in the intervention.

To measure the Caregiver Resources, the team looks through the measures in this toolkit. For safety and security, the team aims to select a short scale focused on physical abuse to include and track changes in the monitoring and evaluation plan. They look at the Hurt, Insult, Threaten, and Scream (HITS) Scale with three questions and the DHS questions which are more detailed. Although there are advantages to using a short measure, the team selects the DHS scale to have comparisons to national data and other programs.