Presentation on theme: "Understanding Child Time Use An Introduction to a Measurement Tool."— Presentation transcript:
Understanding Child Time Use An Introduction to a Measurement Tool
Why Measure How Children/Youth Spend Their Time? – Program placement Are those children/youth you are trying to reach in school? Are they working? What other activities are they engaged in? What activities are important to them? What do they want to do? What is their living environment (home, street)? – Access and Safety What routes do they take between these places? How long does travel take? By what mode? Is it safe for them? Safe for you?
Introduction to a Participatory Rapid Appraisal Tool Key Elements – Informed consent: parents/caregivers and youth – Selecting places where they spend time – Mapping their community – Linking the places: routes, transport modes, time – Allocating time spent per location – Expressing what activity is most important to them
PRA Tool Sampling and Setup Understand your target population Modify tool appropriately Mixed-gender or single-gender groups? Supplies – depend on age and final PRA protocol – Poster board or large paper – Photos, drawings of places or blanks for group identification – Markers, pens – Tokens to represent time (e.g., one token=one hour) Capable, friendly facilitator
Power of Mixed Methods – Time tables – Maps – Drawings These tools enable us to see the complex system in which young people live. This in turn enables us to design appropriate, targeted interventions to meet their needs.