The Child Status Index (with its accompanying Child Status Record) is a tool that can be helpful in assessing and tracking priority services a vulnerable child needs. Equally useful for initial assessment and follow-up monitoring, the tool focuses on essential actions and is flexible enough that users can adapt criteria to the local context. Data from the Child Status Index and community mapping of services can be used together to inform coordination of care.
In October 2012, MEASURE Evaluation issued new guidance on the appropriate use of the Child Status Index to encourage use of the CSI to: 1) help volunteers and service providers build rapport with volunteers and service providers through open-ended questions; 2) orient volunteers and service providers to the holistic needs of vulnerable children; 3) promote an individualized approach for programs; 4) help focus on whether individual children are achieving desired outcomes; and 5) help volunteers and service providers identify urgent situations. MEASURE also recommends use of the CSI for individual case management and program monitoring and planning.