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If your research project falls in the forest and there’s nobody to hear it, does it make a sound?

8 February 2019
updates from the Fund

The Evaluation Fund was created in 2011 to prevent violence against children by providing evidence about what works in order to improve programs and policies.

We invest in high quality evaluations of programs and approaches that are designed to prevent violence against children, and we help improve the ability of researchers and advocates to effectively share what they’ve learned with audiences that matter.

Over the past eight years we have launched seventeen research projects in sixteen countries, working with countless researchers and local organizations around the globe who have put in many hours of hard work to try to determine what works and what doesn’t to prevent violence against children.

It is a truly impressive body of work that has the potential to significantly improve our understanding of how to prevent violence against children. But conducting rigorous, high-quality research is in many ways only half the battle. This research needs to make its way to the funders, policy makers, practitioners, and other members of the research community who can use the findings to direct funding, conduct more research, and develop policies and programs based on evidence. Research in a vacuum isn’t enough.

This is why we are working closely with our partners to communicate the findings of this work far and wide. As part of that process, we have created an evidence brief for each study – an at-a-glance review of what we consider to be the most useful and relevant findings for each project. These briefs are also designed to take advantage of growing momentum in the field generated by the INSPIRE strategies – the seven strategies for preventing violence against children.

We are releasing our first evidence brief, highlighting the key learnings from a successful intervention to reduce violence against children in Burkina Faso.

It is our hope that you will share these policy briefs and the full studies they accompany to any colleagues whom you think might benefit from what we’re learning. We are also eager for your feedback about how you might use these briefs as well as how we can continue to develop them in ways that can have the greatest benefit to the field. Please check out our first evidence brief that highlights the main learnings of a successful economic strengthening and parenting program in Burkina Faso, where a reduction of violence by 58% was recorded in households that participated in the program.

Help us learn how you best engage with research to reduce violence against children.

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