"Data are not systematically collected or disaggregated. The absence of this data makes children invisible. This results in the persistence of multiple rights violations."

United National General Comment No. 21 on children in street situations

StreetInvest's methodology

StreetInvest's observational Headcount methodology was recognised as a sector standard by the Consortium for Street Children in 2015.

Since it was developed, StreetInvest has been directly involved in headcounts in India, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia (commissioned by UNICEF), Tanzania and two nationwide headcounts in Sierra Leone. The first of these in 2011 was the first ever national headcount of street-connected children.

Detailed statistics have been collected on over 100,000 street-connected children and young people, and over 250 practitioners have received StreetInvest's headcount training.

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 "...even the most willing governments cannot efficiently deliver services if they do not know who those people are, where they live and what they need." The data revolution: Finding the missing millions, ODI, 2015 

Other data collection tools

StreetInvest has developed other specialist data collection tools to support Street Work practice. These include Street Work Monitoring and Evaluation tools; Community Attitude Surveys, and Risks Assessments. Get in touch to learn more: info@streetinvest.org