Routine Data Collection and Monitoring of Health Services Relating to Early Childhood Development: A two-nation review study
Innocenti Discussion Papers 2009-01
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Monitoring of health services can serve two major functions: providing information for performance management as well as for evidence-based policy-making. The means by which monitoring is carried out and the balance that is struck between these functions vary according to the situation of different countries. This paper reviews monitoring processes and the availability of data relating to early childhood development in the cases of Germany and the United Kingdom. The discussion centres on pre-requisites for successful routine data collection: a national framework, a national database and making data available publicly.
Early Childhood /
data collection /
early childhood /