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CRS OVC Wellbeing Tool

A goal of programs to help orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is to improve wellbeing. Yet measuring wellbeing has proven to be an elusive concept for many engaged in OVC programming. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) places an agency priority on OVC programming and has aimed to find a way to measure the wellbeing of OVC in a holistic manner. Using a scientific process, CRS developed an OVC Wellbeing Tool (OWT) for use as a self-report measure for OVC aged 13-18. The tool was created by Shannon Senefeld, Susan Strasser and James Campbell, with significant input from Dorothy Brewster-Lee, Kristin Weinhauer, Ruth Kornfield, Linda Lovick, Ana Maria Ferraz, and Rolando Figueroa. For a more complete list, see the Acknowledgments page. The tool was piloted in Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Data has now been collected on thousands of OVC using the CRS OWT. Advanced statistical analyses suggest that this is a valid and reliable tool for measuring wellbeing among OVC. This resource contains everything you need to use the OWT.

For questions related to the OWT, please contact Shannon Senefeld (