Minutes of the Technical Assistance Workshop, May 3-5, 2000. The International Project


Who We Are

  • More than 70 experts from 27 countries from a variety of disciplines (social work, law, sociology, pediatrics, psychology, economics, statistics, and more).
  • Coming from NGOs, government institutions, universities, foundations and international organizations.

The International Project Goals

To reexamine "old" indicators of children's well being and compose a new set that will:

  • Use the child as the unit of observation
  • Go along with the concepts of children's rights and childhood as a stage of itself
  • Be based on a variety of sources of information
  • Include positive indicators
  • Be policy oriented

To suggest and invent ways and methods to use this field for promoting the well-being of children.

To prepare and impose a work plan for a multinational cluster of studies on the well-being of children.

The International Project Outcomes

All papers presented in our first meeting in Jerusalem (25 papers) were published in a special Eurosocial Report (No. 62). This volume presents the rationale and basis of our project and the thoughts that guided us through our work. A number of academic papers and a book were written and are either published already or are due to be published shortly.

The International Project Outcomes

A list of guidelines suggesting how to compose and use indicators in order to promote children's well-being has been agreed upon. The group has decided to avoid the minefield of suggesting a single theoretical framework for children's well-being.

The International Project Outcomes

We decided to work with a modified set of five domains of children's well-being with which we had become familiar. The domains are: economic resources and contribution, personal life skills, civil life skills, safety and health status, and children's activities

A list of some 50 indicators for all five domains was composed. All indicators adhered to the principles and guidelines of the project and all are theoretically based. A description on how they could be measured or whether there are any existing data sources accompanies each suggested indicator.