Measuring Impact

Understand how to best measure progress

Pritzker Children’s Initiative advances the creation and use of measures of developmental progress for children under age three. This includes how best to measure equitable access, cultural relevance, and effectiveness of program investments.

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Harvard Center on the Developing Child

The Harvard Center on the Developing Child (HCDC) is moving beyond translating brain science to explain why investing in and prioritizing policies focused on the early years is so important and how those investments can make the deepest and widest impact. HCDC is also piloting the use of biological and behavioral measures to assess toxic stress in children under age three and to measure the impact of interventions.


Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

Housed within the University of Texas’ Child and Family Research Partnership, the Impact Center conducts research about which policies most improve infant and toddler school readiness, translates research into policy recommendations, and tracks and evaluates promising policies and programs across the country. They also engage key players and assist states with designing high-quality systems of care.


University of Nebraska

A team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is testing the domestic use of a tool used internationally—the Global Scales of Early Development (GSED)—a measure of child well-being for children under three. The research team is also examining how to link this to other national measures of child well-being and school readiness.