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Isibindi: A longitudinal evaluation of selected sites in KwaZulu-Natal

This research is part of a larger two-year program evaluation undertaken in KwaZulu-Natal. The broader study is designed to assess the impact of various home visiting models on service delivery and subsequent child wellbeing. The National Assocation of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and their community based organization (CBO) collaborators together represent one of three service organizations participating in the evaluation. The evaluation sought to compare home visiting services delivered by largely uncompensated volunteers with minimal or informal training to programs reliant on paraprofessional home visitors who receive regular low-level compensation, intensive and highly structured training, and other support from an organization with external resources. Isibindi was one of two paraprofessional models included in this study. The program is delivered in concert with CBO partners by a corps of child and youth care workers (CYCWs) who complete 14 training modules during their first two to three years in the position. Each module lasts between 6 and 30 hours, and CYCWs receive approximately 1000 Rand a month in compensation.
Thurman, T.R., Kidman, R., Taylor, T., and Chiroro, P.
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