Localization of the Governance Indicator Framework and Field Test Of Local Child Protection Indicators for Local Government Units
In November 2015, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) commissioned the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) to conduct the study entitled "Localization of the Governance Indicator Framework and Field Test of Local Child Protection (CP) Indicators for Local Government Units (LGUs)". The study has two components. The first component focuses on the adaptation of the Governance Indicator Framework (GIF) on Child Protection into the Philippine setting while retaining its international comparability. The GIF is an indicator set developed by the UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office in 2011. It aims to measure the governance systems of the country, how it functions and how it deals with cross-cutting issues. The second component centers on determining Child Protection Indicators that may be generated by cities/municipalities or LGUs and may be used as support in decision-making on child protection. The study intends to do the following: (1) review and localize the GIF within the Philippine context without losing its regional applicability; (2) apply the GIF in a monitoring tool for LGUs and to ensure its consistency with current national monitoring and evaluation systems; (3) formulate practical recommendations to ensure buy-in of stakeholders of the GIF and monitoring tool; (4) field test the monitoring tools in selected LGUs; and, (5) based on the results of the field test, formulate doable recommendations to ensure the broad application of the monitoring tool and indicator set. The modification of the GIF resulted to a more practical and easy-to-operationalize indicator system. This modified GIF will not lose the regional applicability more apparently than original GIF. The CP monitoring tool, field tested in ten UNICEF focus areas proved to be implementable and can be used for CP governance evaluation at national and sub-national levels as component NPAC. As a way forward, there is a need to obtain the commitment of prospective responsible agencies such as the CWC, DSWD and DILG in order to ensure the institutionalization of the project. The UNICEF should also continue the advocacy for the use of the modified GIF and CP Monitoring Tool which can be integrated in existing M&E systems.