The Parenting map developed by Project HOPE is like a visual checklist for each child in a household. The checklist was developed as a low-literacy tool for use by volunteer health workers visiting households and assessing the well-being of multiple children. The purpose of the tool is to determine which areas are going well and which areas need improvement. The initial studies in Namibia and Mozambique report that the checklist was well-accepted by caregivers and
This is one of those innovations that could certainly be reverse imported to the U.S. and used in many settings around the world. This visual grid assesses child well-being across a number of parameters including the following:
-health (6 indicators including # visits to health center, # episodes diarrhea)
-nutrition and development (6 indicators incl. drinks clean water, had 4 meals in last 2 days)
-protection (treated same as other children, no bruises, etc)
-pscyhosocial (sleeps without crying, has at least one friend)
Project HOPE developed the tool along with a training guide, ice breaker, action guide and other complementary tools which can be found here. It has been used in Namibia, initially as a screening tool for orphans and vulnerable children, and now as an ongoing assessment tool.