Executive Leadership Training Center, National Health and Family Planning Commission, China
The Executive Leadership Training Center (ELTC) of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) is deeply interested in assessing the impact of its interventions to communicate results to the national government, inform its own work and scale up promising interventions. In 2013, the Chinese government merged the National Population and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Public Health to become the NHFPC. The government subsequently has relaxed national family planning laws that has limited most families to one child. With this momentous policy shift, the NHFPC has a mandate to realign its vast administrative capacity to enforce the one-child policies to other policy initiatives. The ELTC is spearheading a bold vision to transform former family planning locations and staff into cadres for promoting better parenting and early childhood development. To make a case in the NHFPC and with the government, the ELTC-NHFPC recognises the need to demonstrate the effectiveness of such approaches, including improved child development outcomes. ELTC staff, through engaging with 3ie associate member, Rural Education Action Programme and the Chinese Center for Agricultural Policy (REAP/CCAP), have become strong supporters of the value of impact evaluation evidence. Prior to becoming members, they engaged REAP/CCAP to carry out a small pilot assessing child development outcomes of home-based parenting and nutrition programmes.