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Child Indicators Certification

Develop an understanding of child indicators and receive a certification from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a globally-recognized academic and professional association, with its own publications, journals, conferences, and identity. ISQOLS is collaborating with the Management Institute for Quality-of-Life Studies (MIQOLS) in the administration of this certification program with the co-sponsorship of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based national foundation devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children and young people.

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Learn how to use of child indicators in ongoing projects to promote child wellbeing

Over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in the production and use of statistical indicators of child wellbeing, leading to a global child indicator movement. A major goal of this course is to provide students with a rich and detailed description of child indicators and their use.

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The certification course includes:

  • 7 major content-rich learning modules
  • Support from a leader in the field of child indicators
  • An official certification on successful completion of the course work and examination

Course Modules

Introduction and Overview

The first module (Chapter 1) provides an overview of the child indicator field with a particular focus on the use of child indicators in ongoing projects to promote child wellbeing. Some of the key concepts regarding child indicators are introduced and described, including the concept of a child indicator. This module contains information on the origins of the child indicator movement as well as material on why indictors are so important for promoting the wellbeing of children.

Topics in this module include:

  • key terms and concepts
  • development of the child indicator field
  • connections to child indicator movement
  • development of an organizational infrastructure
  • why data and research are particularly important for children
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This certification program is aimed at:

  • Community planners
  • Researchers working in nonprofit organizations
  • Consultants who want to specialize in child indicators research
  • Researchers in local government agencies who want to receive additional training in developing indicator systems related to children
  • Academic researchers who are interested in developing research and/or teaching expertise in this area
  • Children advocacy groups and foundations focusing on child wellbeing
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A Leader in the Field of Child Indicators

Graciela H. Tonon is a Social Worker with a Ph.D. in Political Science (USAL, Argentina) and a Master in Political Sciences. She did Postdoctoral studies at the University of Firenze, Italy. She is Professor of Community Social Work and Children at Risk of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Social Institute of Social Sciences UNI-COM of the National University of Lomas de Zamora. She is also Professor of Quality of Life: theory and methodology and Director of the Master's Program in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Palermo, Argentina. She received the ISQOLS Distinguished Service Award for Contributing Substantially to a Better Understanding of Quality of Life Studies in 2016. Her editorial responsibilities include Editor of the International Quality of Life Handbook Series, Springer-ISQOLS; Editor of the Book Review Section of the Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer-ISQOLS. She is also the Director of the Journal of Social Sciences, of the University of Palermo, Argentina. She is currently Vice President of Publications of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. She has published extensively in the fields of Quality of Life, Research Methodology, Children, Community and Public Policy in English and Spanish. At a professional level, she has worked for 25 years as a social worker assisting at-risk and abused children, in the fields of schools, health and the Court of Justice.

Graciela H. Tonon

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is self-paced and facilitated mostly one-on-one through personal communication with the instructor. Course participants are assigned an online training manual. After reading the manual and interacting with the instructor, the participant is assigned several case studies to analyze. The instructor then certifies the participant upon successful completion of these case analyses. Since there is no set timeline, the length of the course will vary based on the how quickly the student can master the material.


  • ISQOLS members can take the course for certification for $700.
  • Non-ISQOLS members can take the course for certification for $900.
  • Benefits include:
    • Access to the lecture slides
    • Access to the lecture videos
    • Discount from Springer to purchase the textbook that supports the course
    • Direct communication with the instructor by e-mail and/or video conferencing
    • Certification upon demonstrated learning (evaluated through successful completion of several exams)


  • ISQOLS members can audit the course for $50.
  • Non-ISQOLS members can audit the course for $200.
  • Benefits include:
    • Access to the lecture slides
    • Access to the lecture videos
    • Discount from Springer to purchase the textbook that supports the course

No. However, to make the most out of the material provided in this course, it is recommended that the applicants have at least some background in social sciences and rudimentary knowledge of population statistics.

ISQOLS can provide educational credit in terms of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Child Indicators Certification Program. 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours. The Child Indicators Projects Certification Program involves an estimated 10 contact hours in total. This translates into 1 CEU. As such, the program provides 1 CEU.

Those interested in receiving the CEUs should provide enough information to their own educational institution about the ISQOLS certification program and their own institution would determine if they would accept these CEUs.

Many occupations require CEUs to stay licensed in their profession (counselors, life coaches, teachers, etc.). Those who wish to use the certification program for CEUs in meet continuing education requirements of their profession should contact their state/country licensing board and submit information about the course.

This certification is provided by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a global organization with a mission to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL), happiness, and wellbeing studies. ISQOLS has members all throughout positioned in academic institutions as well as stakeholder groups, and are well-respected for their contributions to QoL. As such, an official certification would be beneficial to anyone who wants to apply psychological science of wellbeing to guide academic research projects, policy making, managerial decision-making, population statistics, and/or coaching and counseling with respect to child indicators.

The principal benefits you will obtain from the certification course are:

  • a philosophical and academic foundation of much of the research on child indicators, most of the commonly used analytical frameworks, and knowledge of key terms and concepts;
  • understanding the uses of child wellbeing indicators, and how to use this knowledge to evaluate programs and policies and identify child-centered problems;
  • knowledge about how to develop and evaluate child indicators and where to look for existing data that may be available;
  • mastery of the skills needed for data analysis and tabulation of child indicators;
  • understanding of the report production and dissemination process, as well as auxiliary products.

This course is administered by a leader in the field of child indicators, Dr. Graciela H. Tonon. All the webinars will be available for the student to review, and they will additionally gain access to the textbook, an excellent resource, at a discounted price from Springer.

International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)

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