Creating community indicators for early childhood development: challenges and innovations from the kids in communities study

Goldfeld, Sharon and Villanueva, Karen and Tanton, Robert and Katz, Ilan and Brinkman, Sally and Giles-Corti, Billie and Woolcock, Geoffrey ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1904-7066 (2019) Creating community indicators for early childhood development: challenges and innovations from the kids in communities study. Cities & Health, 3 (1-2). pp. 68-77. ISSN 2374-8834


Abstract

The community (or neighbourhood) is seen as a potential point of intervention for improving early childhood development outcomes through place-based approaches targeting all children. Yet there are insufficient robust data to guide policy and practice. Developing community factors for early childhood development is one way to facilitate more informed, evidence-based community action. This paper discusses the methodological learnings from the Kids in Communities Study, an Australian investigation into community-level factors important for early childhood development, including some of the challenges and innovations associated with the measurement and development of indicators. It highlights the importance of not only developing quantitative community indicators, but also in capturing qualitative data that emerge from communities. In an environment where the implementation of place-based approaches has outpaced the evidence, there is an urgent need for rigorous evidence that can identify community factors (and hence potential actions) that might influence early childhood development.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 00:17
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community, early child health and development, mixed methods, indicators
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940107 Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2019.1596525
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39669

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