2019 promises to be a very exciting year at the Evaluation Fund.
The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund (now called, simply, the Evaluation Fund) was created in 2011 to improve programming and policies to prevent violence against children by funding evaluations about what works and what doesn’t. We invest in high quality evaluations of programs that are designed to end violence against children, and we help improve the ability of researchers and advocates to effectively and meaningfully share what they’ve learned with decision makers, funders, practitioners and the research community.
For those of you who are familiar with our work, you may have already noticed some changes. First, we have a new name, a new website, and a new visual identity. We made these changes as part of a broad effort to expand how we use communications to connect with the field and better share what we’re learning.
To date, we have funded 17 research evaluations in low and middle-income countries, and as we look ahead to 2019, the work that we have invested so much time and effort into will begin to bear fruit. We will soon begin to release the findings of this research. We understand that much of the value of our findings will lie in our ability to ensure that the field can learn from our efforts.
Included in this set of releases will be evidence briefs that summarize the highlights of each study. These briefs are designed to be easy to understand, and we hope that policymakers, funders, practitioners, and researchers alike can turn to them for easy access. Our hope is to help the field better understand what works, learn from what doesn’t, and to inspire a productive and collaborative conversation about how to use research to prevent violence against children.
We will also be launching a call for proposals for regionally-led research and practitioner teams in Tanzania and Uganda in mid-2019. These research projects will showcase local ownership and local research capacity in these efforts. We hope that this work will add to the momentum to end violence against children that is growing at the national and regional levels.
Finally, in 2019 we will placing a greater emphasis on supporting our grantees to communicate about what they are learning from their studies and to ensure that their research is reaching the audiences that matter.
We are very excited about the year ahead. We very much look forward to hearing from you about your thoughts about the opportunities for 2019, and we are eager to hear your suggestions and recommendations about how we can take best advantage of the research over the course of the coming year. We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a very busy and productive 2019.
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