Orphans and Vulnerable Children Wellbeing Tool (OWT)

A rapid, self-report tool designed and implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to measure the perceived wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and to bolster efforts and effective responses to child friendly programs. The tool, consisting of 36 statements, is administered orally, and is based on ten key domains—nutrition/food security, shelter/environment, protection, family, health, spirituality, mental health, education, economic opportunities, and community cohesion. During administration, a youth is asked to report how often each of the 36 statements applies to him/her, with the following response options: None of the Time, Some of the Time, or All of the Time. The total possible score is between 10 (low level of wellbeing) and 30 (high level of wellbeing). On average, the tool takes 15-20 minutes to complete.

Related Publications

CRS. Active Listening: Youth Participation in M&E of OVS wellbeing in Botswana.

A tool for assessing changes in OVC wellbeing overtime: Longitudinal data from a child’s perspective.

CRS. Using mobilephones to support OVC in Tanzania.

What it measures

Pyschosocial and emotional wellbeing


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Youth aged 13-18 years



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