Children & Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund: 9 Grants awarded under the 1st Call for Proposals
The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund has awarded 9 grant for a total amount of € 758,885 under its 1st call for proposals, after considering 479 concept notes. The Fund exists to support rigorous impact evaluations of interventions addressing violence against children occurring in family settings in low-and middle-income countries.
The 9 projects cover 9 countries across 4 continents – South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, China and Albania. Among the interventions to be evaluated are parenting education, community-based child protection mechanisms, community sensitization through men and boys’ engagement, children’s empowerment through life skills building, strengthening families and communities’ protective role for children with disabilities, rehabilitation of child sexual offenders and housing programmes expected to indirectly improve child safety at home. Evaluation methodologies vary from randomized controlled trials through quasi-experimental designs to more qualitative approaches and mixed methods.
The selected grantees include both local and international NGOs and universities. Common features are the strength of the proposed partnership between practitioners and researchers; a commitment to rigour in evaluation; eagerness to learn from both success and failures; willingness to share knowledge; commitment to improve programmes and policies for child protection; and, most importantly, firm belief that violence against children can and must be prevented.
Findings are expected to come in from later this year until 2015. A 2nd call for proposals is likely to be launched before the end of the year.
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