This activity describes a detailed step-by-step process for broadly assessing and monitoring children’s living and learning conditions in communities of cities and towns of different sizes, as well as in rural communities. The Convention on the Rights of the Child served as the framework for determining what range of conditions should be assessed. Data can be collected and analyzed by community residents to identify priority areas for action to enhance living conditions for children. The findings from this assessment can then be used by community residents for advocacy purposes with local authorities or as a guide for their own direct actions to improve their community.
The methodology and tools are also valuable for providing municipal government decision-makers with more small-scale geographic data on children, and on a much greater range of dimensions than is typically available for city-level planning for children. The different ways that municipalities can use the community and governance assessment tools for citywide data collection can be found in the Child Friendly Cities Facilitator’s Guide (English — Español).
- What do children, youth and adults think about their schools and communities?
- What are the current conditions of schools and communities for children and youth?
- Why are some conditions for children’s rights being fulfilled, while others are not?
- Which conditions are priorities for improvement?