Identifying and Measuring Playful Parenting Using Machine Learning
Measuring responsive caregiving in parenting and early childhood development (ECD) interventions has always been hampered by cost, time and personnel needed to do the coding. An algorithm-based screening tool has the potential to radically change this. It would not eliminate cost –interactions still need to be filmed – but costs would be markedly lower as well as having scores that are more objective. While not all caregivers and children in a population-based survey could be filmed in a 5-minute interaction video, the ubiquity of mobile phone use, coupled with an algorithm-based screening tool has the potential to revolutionise responsive caregiving measures at a population level.