CCWD’s main goal is to improve child and teenagers’ development by providing the best available evidence for the efficient design of programs and policies and by supporting their route to scale.

CCWD affiliates are world-class researchers who design and conduct empirical research about the social and economic determinants of child well-being and development. In line with CCWD’s objectives, the research conducted at the Center aims at supporting effective policies, programs, and other interventions at global, regional, and national levels to address the living conditions of children all over the world.

Longitudinal Study on Child Development Based on Wearable Technologies
What are critical inflection points in child development and how do different sensitive periods interact?
Nudging aspirations and technology adoption in Guatemala
This research aims at investigating the relationship between psychological constraints and the economic status and well-being of female adolescents in Guatemala. To investigate this relationship, the study will assess the effectiveness of mobile phone-based programs that teach adolescents about how to use the technology they already possess.
Parents' Future-orientation and Investments in Children
How does parental investment affect children’s health and education? Do parents discount their own future consumption and that of their children differently? Is the demand for commitment devices explained by parents’ beliefs that they might be tempted to change their plans in the future?
The Growth Mindset Intervention In Brazil
A growth mindset is the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed, but can be developed. Do students who are taught a growth mindset earn higher grades and test scores? This paper investigates why such interventions work, unbundling mindsets into its underlying mechanisms.
Building resilience through sports and play in Ethiopia
What is the impact of sports and play on the physical health, social and motional development of a child?
Are Parenting Interventions Transferable Across Settings? Assessing Key Constraints in Sub-Saharan Africa
How and for whom does SMS-support-intervention to caregivers promote improved academic outcomes for children? What domains of development and behavior are impacted? Does Eduq+ improve academic and behavioral learning outcomes?
Harmful Practices Against Girls and Teenagers in Malawi
What is the prevalence of harmful traditional practices that negatively impact adolescent girls and what are their underlying behavioral determinants?
Understanding behavior Change Communication (BCC) Campaigns in Guatemala
Negative health shocks can be prevented through preventive health care, from hand washing to usage of malaria bed nets. However, while households spend a high share of their budget in remedial care, take-up of preventive health care is typically very low, even when it is available at low cost (Kremer and Glennerster, 2011).
Delivering Prevention
What are the most cost-effective platforms to deliver sustainable take-up and usage of the essential health package in Malawi?
Education in Brazil
What is it about communicating with parents that improves students’ outcomes: limited information about students’ behavior at school, or parent’s limited attention, particularly in developing countries where poverty taxes cognitive performance? Does poverty makes one more or less willing to invest in their children?
Sex-selective abortion in Armenia
What are the social forces driving the selective abortion of females in Armenia?
Female Genital Cutting in Sudan
Research Questions: Is Female Genital Cutting (FGM) a social norm that evolved culturally within the context of a coordination game? Is there a single threshold of prevalence below which all families would abandon the practice? Can communication for development (C4D) interventions deter FGM and, if so, which is the most effective: targeting extrinsic or intrinsic motivations?

Information concerning the SGDs has been taken from the UN SDG Knowledge Platform and UN SDGs