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3ie-LIDC Seminar Series: "The Design and Impact of Early Childhood Interventions: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Colombia"

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 17:30 to 19:00

Venue:  Lower Meeting Room, LIDC, 36 Gordon Square

Speaker: Emla Fitzsimons, Co-Director of the Centre for Evaluation of  Development Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
About the presentation:
 Interventions that improve development in early childhood can  have lifelong consequences. The challenge is to identify interventions that are not only effective at improving child development, but are also  cost-effective and can be implemented on a large scale. This research implements and evaluates an intervention consisting of weekly home visits, delivered by local women, to mothers with children aged 1-2 years. Micronutrient supplementation was also provided to some. The intervention was randomly allocated to some towns and not to others. By the end of the 18-month intervention, we found that it had improved  the cognitive and linguistic development of the children that had received it.
About the speaker:
Emla Fitzsimons is Co-Director of the Centre for Evaluation of Development Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (EDePo@IFS). Her research is based around human capital investment decisions in childhood. Her research on early childhood includes the implementation and evaluation of a programme in Colombia which is targeted at young children and based around weekly home visits. Her work also contains a strong health and nutrition focus. She has recently evaluated the impacts of a reproductive health programme in Malawi on young children’s nutrition and the household economy. Emla’s work on schooling includes 
an evaluation of the Colombian conditional cash transfer programme Familias en Acción and the role of the programme as a safety net in the event of departure of the father from the household.