Closing the Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gap: Impact Evaluations
Our impact evaluation projects use rigorous quantitative techniques to evaluate the impact of interventions on reducing child labor, forced labor and human trafficking—part of a broader ILAB effort to build rigorous evidence on what works to secure and protect the rights of children and adults. Such evaluations support our partner governments’ evidence-based policymaking efforts, and also help identify proven strategies to inform ILAB’s future investments in global programs to combat child labor and forced labor.
With an estimated 152 million children engaged in child labor and nearly 24.9 million victims of forced labor worldwide, it is critical that scarce resources are used to support effective and efficient programs. However, gaps in the evidence base mean that more rigorous research is needed to understand how to best protect the rights of these children and adults.
By conducting impact evaluations based on randomized controlled trial designs, our researchers can understand how an intervention has directly led to changes in, for example, the prevalence of child labor. Specifically, the project implemented by Impaq International will examine the effects of interventions aimed at combating child labor in India, Malawi, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Rwanda. For example, in India — where an estimated 4.3 million children age 5-14 work in the worst forms of child labor — IMPAQ International will evaluate the efficacy of the Child Friendly Villages program implemented by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organization founded by the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi.