for The World Bank
Helping the National Authority for Child Rights Protection and Adoption (NACRP) and all the County Directorates of Social Assistance and Child Protection (CDSACP) all around Romania in the process of deinstitutionalization of Large Residential Centers For Children.
We built the e-Cuib system together with the World Bank. The platform supports the National Authority for Child Rights Protection and Adoption (NACRP) and all the County Directorates of Social Assistance and Child Protection (CDSACP) all around Romania in the process of deinstitutionalization. The first step in this process is closing down the large residential centers for children, as it is detailed in the “National Strategy for protecting and promoting child rights 2014-2020”.
The e-CUIB platform is based on the methodology described in “Guide to elaborate the individual closing plan of residential centers for children in Romania”, the result of a complex process that involved all the relevant shareholders: NACRP, all the CDSACP’s, active NGO’s in the child protection area and a great number of experts.
According to the methodology, the process of deinstitutionalization must be centered on the children and should be planned taking into consideration their interests. In this direction, closing down the large residential centers must be complemented by the creation, development and consolidation of new social services and family-like residential alternatives.
The main objective of the closing of large residential centers is to improve the situation of the children and teenagers that live there. Aligned with this objective, no center must be closed down before there are better alternatives for children and teenagers. These solutions include the reintegration with their families (where possible), placement with a professional maternal assistant or in small scale residential services (family like houses or apartments).
The process of closing down the large residential centers for children is financed through EU funding, local budget and the national budget.
- Close down all large residential centers for children (200+ centers)
- Replace data collection on paper with data collection using a digital platform
- Apply the methodology in a unitary way to all the targeted placement centers
- Reduce or eliminate human errors associated with the data collection process
- Generate final reports and documents automatically (center reports and children reports)
- Collect huge amounts of data, on different dimensions
- Children data: medical, social, family, education
- Residential Center data: current situation, personnel
- Closing down plan: steps, financial data
- Automate the process as much as possible: pre-fill information, remove redundancy
- Multiple persons and roles involved in the data collection process
- Create a self-managed platform
The objective of our customer, The World Bank, and their partners, NACRP and all the CDSACP’s is to generate a comprehensive and complete closing down plan that includes reports about the current situation in the large residential centers and the children living there. The plan is used to apply for funding to the EU, but also to local and national budgets.
e-CUIB Platform should have multiple functions. First of all it needs to help the centers to systematically collect vast amounts of data about every child in the center, about the center and about the working personnel in the center. Secondly, and the most important in the deinstitutionalization process, the e-CUIB Platform needs to automatically generate the institutional closing plan. This plan is used by managers of the large residential centers for children to apply to funding (EU funding).
Emil Daniel Tesliuc
Senior Economist, Social Protection & Jobs
The World Bank
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The World Bank
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The e-CUIB platform takes advantage of technology to implement a software product around the project methodology. The users of e-CUIB are residential center supervisors, residential center personnel and also data collection consultants.
The first main benefit of e-CUIB is that it greatly simplifies and accelerates the data collection process. e-CUIB users collect vast amounts of data on different dimensions: medical, social and psychological evaluations of children and personnel (16 instruments with 100+ indicators) and financial and organisational information about the institutions (21 instruments with 150+ indicators).
The data collection process can take several weeks to months. It is important for users to have a clear overview of the whole process and to be able to correctly measure progress.
The e-CUIB platform is very easy to use, it offers progress feedback to the users and automates repetitive tasks as much as possible.
The second main benefit of e-CUIB is that it automatically generates the closing down plan, together with complete and comprehensive reports about the residential center and the children living there. With the closing down plan, the supervisors can directly apply to EU Funding.
Work starts on e-CUIB 1.0
Training session in Poiana Brasov with large residential center managers from all over Romania
e-CUIB 1.0 is launched
First large residential centers for children apply for EU funding with the documentation automatically generated by e-CUIB
e-CUIB 1.0 is evaluated. Conclusions are that work needs to start on e-CUIB 2.0 that further automates the collection data process, especially editing data on the go. e-CUIB needs to become a self-managed platform, that has admin users (from NACRP or CDSACP’s) that can add/remove residential centers, activate/deactivate users, approve closing down plans and other administrative tasks
e-CUIB 2.0 development starts
e-CUIB 2.0 is launched
Over 70 centers work with e-CUIB on their closing down plans
LARGE RESIDENTIAL CENTERS USING E-CUIB
BUDGED FOR CLOSING THE CENTERS
CLOSING DOWN PLAN
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