We jointly create new knowledge

We believe that people with relevant ideas, skills and commitment need to engage with the underlying causes of issues that children and young people face. ICDI stimulates knowledge transfer and exchange among child and youth care professionals and other people who play a role in the daily lives of children and young people. 

We work on three thematic areas

  • Community based ECD systems and interventions (integration of services, ecological model approach, quality improvement and connectiveness)
  • Child protection with special emphasis on (online) child sexual abuse (definition, how to recognise it, prevention, and responses)
  • Psycho-social well-being of teenagers (young people)

Below you can find the kind of activities ICDI is involved in:

Training - Research - Advice - Partnership - Tools


ICDI has built up extensive experience in delivering training on various subjects relevant to psychosocial development of children and youth. Our training sessions are always interactive in set-up, leaving ample room for inputs and feedback from participants. Every training is tailored to the needs and wishes of the contracting organization. Please be aware that ICDI cannot offer any training for free. We expect the contracting organization to cover all costs, including fees and other related costs for ICDI trainers. For an overview of our current training-portfolio please click on the button below. 

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ICDI believes that research is an important means to understand children’s problems and to improve projects and programmes to address such problems. We pride ourselves in being able to implement high quality research, using both quantitative and qualitative tools, which are based on up-to-date theory, but always practice oriented. Our research is guided by the UN  Convention on the Rights of the Child and follows strict ethical guidelines. We also have developed several research tools (see Tools) and have delivered training on how to involve children and youth as researchers themselves (see Training). 

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ICDI has over twenty five years of international experience in the areas of programme development, policy advice, training, and research related  to psychosocial child and youth development. ICDI staff can be made available for short-term consultancy assignments, such as evaluations of projects, research, training, technical support or organizational and policy advice

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ICDI is always looking to build new partnerships. We bring together people from different educational backgrounds, fields of work and walks of life; people who share a passion for, and interest in things that are important for and to children and young people. We do this because a holistic approach to child and youth development is the best way to address the underlying causes of the issues they face. 

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To support the healthy psychosocial development of children and young people ICDI develops research-tools that can be used to inform policy and practice. Currently we have the following instruments:

  • Universal Psychosocial Indicator for 5 Year Old Boys and Girls (UPSI-5); an easy to use tool to measure the psychosocial well-being of young children
  • Girls QUAT; a participatory tool measure quality of services for girls and young women
  • ECD QUAT; a participatory tool to measure quality of Early Childhood Education and Care services 
  • The online course “TOY - Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach”Approach”

  • The TOY for Quality Programme (Guidelines and Tool)

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