Child Status Index

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Introduction

The Child Status Index (CSI) provides a framework for identifying the needs of children, creating individualized goal-directed service plans for use in monitoring the well-being of children and households, and program-level monitoring and planning at the local level. As of 2013, the CSI has been used in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It has been translated for use in a variety of geographical, linguistic, and cultural contexts.

The last several years of CSI implementation have enabled MEASURE Evaluation and others to learn about how the CSI fits into the overall package of information gathering tools and when, and in which circumstances, the tool is best used. The CSI was developed which describes its primary use as a case management tool and lessons learned about best usage.

All information needed to use the Child Status Index in an organization or agency is available in the CSI Tool Kit. The Tool Kit consists of the Child Status Index Manual,  the CSI Training Manual, a chart displaying the CSI domains, the CSI record form, a pictorial version of the CSI for low-literacy users, and a quick-reference CSI Made Easy Guide for field users of the tool.

Child Status Index Documents

The Child Status Index (CSI)

Provides a framework for identifying the needs of children, creating individualized goal-directed service plans for use in monitoring the well-being of children and households, and program-level monitoring and planning at the local level.

The Child Status Index (CSI) – Training Manual

This manual provides guidance for community care workers and other wardens of orphans and other vulnerable children who intend to use the Child Status Index tool. It provides:

– An overview of the Child Status Index, its purpose, development, and application;

– An overview of the recommended approach for training care workers in the use of this tool;

– Instructions for workshop facilitators on how to offer the most effective and engaging training workshops; and

– Supplemental materials, such as class handouts, frequently asked questions, and a workshop evaluation form.

Child Status Index (CSI) Domains

Chart displaying the CSI domains, the goal for each domain, two factors of each domain, and descriptions of the four levels of well-being for each factor.

Child Status Index (CSI) Record Form

Used to record background information and findings from the child assessment visit.

Child Status Index (CSI) Pictorial Version

Presents the CSI domains, factors, and levels of well-being as pictures.

Child Status Index (CSI) Made Easy

Contains both a pictorial and written form of the CSI and provides basic instructions for how to complete the CSI.

Clarification Regarding Usage of the Child Status Index (CSI)

The Child Status Index (CSI) is a widely used information collection tool among programs for children who are orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The last several years of CSI implementation have enabled MEASURE Evaluation and others to learn about how the CSI fits into the overall package of M&E tools and when, and in which, circumstances the tool is best used. This document briefly describes the tool, its purposes, and the lessons learned about best usages. 

FAQs re: the Child Status Index (CSI)

Overview of Child Status Index Studies

Provides an overview of two CSI assessments.

– The Child Status Index Usage Assessment: Phase 1 Presents findings from a qualitative study on how the CSI is implemented.

– Decision Making Among Community-Based Volunteers Working in Vulnerable Children Programs: The Child Status Index Usage Assessment – Phase 2 Collected data from caregivers who work directly with vulnerable children to explore how care decisions are made by community-based volunteers and the utility of CSI at the community level as a job aid.

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