Rigorous evaluation of initiatives supported by the UN Trust Fund is crucial. It informs current and future programming. It also ensures that projects adopt effective and sustainable approaches to improve the lives of women and girls.
All beneficiaries of grants are mandated to develop baseline studies at the beginning of their project and independent evaluations to help quantify results at the end.
- helps manage implementation of grants and their results efficiently;
- stimulates dialogue between stakeholders and provides “food for thought” for policymakers, investors and grass-roots organizations.
Robust evidence of the scope of the problem, innovative solutions and potential results strengthens the case for increased funding and global giving by philanthropists, non-profit organizations and the corporate sector to end violence against women and girls.
With UN Trust Fund support, the NGO Raising Voices implemented a project, “National and Regional Scale Up of an Activist Kit for Preventing Violence against Women and HIV”, in Uganda and across six locations in east and southern Africa (2010-2012). The kit was called SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action). It is now one of the most internationally recognized and comprehensive tools in the field of primary prevention addressing the intersections between the two epidemics.
A unique collaboration between Raising Voices, the Uganda-based Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), Makerere University and the UK-based London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine investigated the impact of the SASA! approach in Kampala, Uganda. They found that the level of physical partner violence against women was 52 per cent lower in SASA! communities than in control communities.
The UN Trust Fund awarded Raising Voices a second grant to test and scale up the methodology in three different contexts: rural Tanzania, refugee camps in Ethiopia, and Haiti.