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Tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG): understanding what works

Policy Area
Country/Region
International
Funder
Department for International Development (DFID)
Duration
April - December 2014
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This project is supporting the development of a new approach for capturing the results of initiatives aimed at tackling violence against women and girls. We are developing a new monitoring and evaluation resource that will help capture the impact and lessons learned from DFID’s programming and policy work on VAWG. Work included an analysis of each of DFID’s VAWG programmes and policy influencing initiatives (at global, regional and country levels) to contribute to evidence on what works and/or doesn’t work, and why. In addition the team has developed a theory of change and indicators for monitoring and evaluating DFID’s VAWG policy-influencing work and devised an approach and statistical model for calculating the total number of beneficiaries reached through DFID’s VAWG programmes. More broadly the project is contributing to lesson learning and new approaches to M&E in this increasingly important development area.

DFID has committed to significantly scale-up its response to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and now supports bilateral programmes in over 25 countries as well as funding civil society organisation and multilateral agency initiatives to tackle VAWG.

Programmes to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls are relatively new and therefore strategies and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches are in the early stage of development. There is an urgent need to capture evidence on what works and why, to help inform future programming in the sector and ensure maximum impact for a greater number of people. This project was established to meet this need and provides a new monitoring and evaluation resource that will capture the impact and lessons learned from DFID’s work on VAWG.

Our work is focused around four components:

  • Analysing each of DFID’s VAWG programmes and policy influencing initiatives (at global, regional and country levels)
  • Developing a theory of change and indicators for monitoring and evaluating DFID’s policy-influencing work in the sector
  • Devising an approach and statistical model for calculating the total number of beneficiaries reached through DFID’s VAWG programmes.
  • Identifying focus projects in which VAWG-related M&E can be further strengthened

The team is completing the following activities:

  • Conducting reviews and analysis of documentation from over 200 DFID VAWG programmes, assessing contributions to the domains within DFID’s theory of change for tackling VAWG and identifying key strategies, achievements and lessons;
  • Developing a theory of change and associated indicators
  • Gathering qualitative and quantitative data on DFID’s VAWG policy-influencing work and mapping it against indicators;
  • Developing a statistical model for calculating beneficiary numbers
  • Liaising with DFID country offices to identify five projects in which VAWG related M&E can be developed/ strengthened and developing associated terms of reference.

This project is supporting the development of a new approach for capturing the results of DFID programmes and policy work aimed at tackling violence against women and girls. The analysis, theory of change and statistical model design undertaken by our team were presented at a DFID community of practice event and the analysis was published internally by DFID as a resource for advisers. Overall, evidence gathered by this approach will feed into future programme and policy design, helping ensuring greater impact of initiatives to tackle VAWG.

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