Assessing Compliance with the crc

Indicators of Law and Policy in 191 Countries

in The International Journal of Children's Rights
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Currently, the report-based monitoring system of the crc provides a wealth of qualitative information about country performance, but not in a form that is frequently updated, easily analysable and comparable across countries and over time. To date, a broad range of quantitatively comparable indicators of laws and policies relevant to the crc have not been widely available. Through the world Policy Analysis Center, we have collected and analysed primary legislative texts, international reports and other sources to create such indicators for all States Parties. In this article, we draw on this new data set to propose a complementary approach to monitoring progress on crc obligations using quantitatively analysable indicators of law and policy, and operationalise a sample set of indicators to demonstrate the feasibility and utility of this approach in assessing country action on children’s rights and compliance with the crc.

Assessing Compliance with the crc

Indicators of Law and Policy in 191 Countries

in The International Journal of Children's Rights

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Lundy L.‘Children’s rights and educational policy in Europe: The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’Oxford Review of Education 38(4) (2012): 393–411.

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Carvalho E.‘Measuring children’s rights: An alternative approach’International Journal of Children’s Rights 16 (2008): 545–563.

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Nicklett E.J. and B.E. Perron‘Laws and policies to support the wellbeing of children: An international comparative analysis’International Journal of Social Welfare 19(1) (2010): 3–7.

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African Child Policy ForumAfrican Report on Child Wellbeing 2008: How Child-Friendly are African Governments? (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: African Child Policy Forum2008).

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Mekonen Y.The Child-Friendliness Index: A New Tool to Assess Government Performance (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: African Child Policy Forum2009).

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Bequele A.‘Monitoring the commitment and child-friendliness of governments: A new approach from Africa,’ Child Abuse and Neglect 34(1) (2010): 34–44.

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Lundy L.‘Children’s rights and educational policy in Europe: The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’Oxford Review of Education 38(4) (2012): 393–411.

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Heymann J. and K. McNeillChildren’s Chances: How Countries Can Move from Surviving to Thriving (Cambridge: Harvard University Press2013).

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