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Measuring Early Childhood Development in Low-Resource Settings: Evidence from Wearable Technologies in Malawi

A workshop on methodologies to track parental inputs and early childhood development (ECD) through wearable sensors in rural Malawi.
Stanford Center on Early Childhood
Stanford King Center on Global Development

Event Details:

Friday, March 15, 2024


Gunn SIEPR Building

During early childhood, social, economic and/or health disadvantages can impair the development of essential skills, such as literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional abilities. The effects of these early disadvantages often extend into adulthood and contribute to persistent social disparities.

The King Center on Global Development and the Stanford Center on Early Childhood are hosting a one-day workshop, convening researchers to share data and findings on methodologies to track and monitor aspects of early childhood development (ECD) in rural Malawi. A panel of researchers will cover different data streams collected via wearable technologies: electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, language interactions, social contacts, nutrition, and economic shocks. Shared data will showcase innovations in data collection and methodology, potentially informing both high-level scientific inquiries and pressing public policy debates regarding inequalities during ECD. Presenters will address questions around the challenges and opportunities for measuring ECD in low-resource settings, and their implications for cost-effective program design.  

This workshop will be hybrid, with an on-site component on Stanford’s campus, and the option to join via Zoom. Registration is by invitation only. Please contact Professor Guilherme Lichand,, to request to be added to the invitation list.

Presenters:Elizabeth Shephard, Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College LondonMichelle Bosquet Enlow, Attending Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical SchoolAdriana Weisleder, Assistant Professor, Northwestern UniversityCiro Cattuto, Scientific Director, ISI FoundationJohn Phuka, Associate Professor, Kamuzu University of Health SciencesPedro Carneiro, Professor, University College London

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