Scaling Program Investments for Young Children Globally: Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean—Workshop in Brief


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On November 11, 2014, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, in partnership with Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal (FMCSV) in São Paulo, Brazil, held a 1-day workshop. The purpose of this interactive public workshop was to highlight efforts made to scale program investments across health, education, nutrition, and social protection that aim to improve children’s developmental potential. Invited speakers and public participants explored four topics on scaling up program investments: evidence of impact for effective investments in young children; scalability of investments; sustainability of investments; and governance. 

Presenters highlighted evidence on effective investments in programs and interventions in Latin America, including an account of their strengths and challenges. Speakers addressed scalability and sustainability of program investments and how to maintain quality at scale, with a focus on approaches in culturally and ethnically diverse contexts and issues of decentralization, local capacity, and information systems for monitoring and evaluation. Presentations and discussions included policy perspectives on scaling up programs. This brief summary of the workshop highlights the topics raised by panelists, moderators, and public participants, while also including possible directions for further discussion. It represents the viewpoints of individual session participants and should not be viewed as consensus conclusion or recommendations of the workshop as a whole. A full summary of the workshop will be available in summer 2015.