Full Citation: UNICEF. (2012). Global evaluation of life skills education programmes: Evaluation summary. New York, NY: UNICEF.
Overview: Life skills education programmes are an important vehicle for equipping young people with skills to negotiate and mediate challenges and risks in their everyday lives, and to enable productive participation in society. A global evaluation was commissioned by the UNICEF Evaluation Office to assess the relevance, coverage, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of LSE initiatives, and to consider UNICEF’s role and additionality in support of the programmes. The evaluation also examined the situation of a range of countries with respect to accepted knowledge about the content, standards and benchmarks for successful LSE programmes, both in schools and in non-formal education settings.
Methodology: The evaluation was executed in four phases – a literature review, an analysis of country documents, country case studies, and a Delphi survey on emerging evaluation findings. Country case studies were undertaken in seven countries to explore issues of LSE policy, programming and practice. Two types of case study countries were selected: Malawi and Mozambique, representing countries with hyper-endemic HIV prevalence where life skills programming was characterised by a strong HIV and AIDS focus; and, the rest of the countries where life skills programming covers a range of thematic concerns beyond HIV and AIDS (reproductive health and rights, drug use and abuse, violence prevention, peace education, etc.).