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1 Monitoring and Evaluating Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Mitigation Programs Anastasia J. Gage Melissa Dunn MODULE II

2 Learning Objectives By the end of this session, participants will be able to: differentiate between monitoring and evaluation write goals and smart objectives for gender-based violence (GBV) programs design a logic model for a GBV program identify criteria for indicator selection and information sources for GBV indicators discuss factors to consider when choosing an evaluation design

3 At Least 4 Different Categories of GBV Interventions Community mobilization Behavior change communication Service delivery Laws and public policy

4 M&E Challenges of GBV Programs (1) Hard to separate contribution of multiple strategies Lack of investment in rigorous evaluation limited evidence of effectiveness Non-standardized GBV definitions and indicators Enhancing comparability of data Climate of urgency around results but behavior change is long-term

5 M&E Challenges of GBV Programs (2) Sensitive nature of the information and hidden forms of violence (homicide, trafficking, female genital mutilation) Changing violence levels hard to measure and interpret Ethical and methodological issues

6 Monitoring versus Evaluation MONITORING = Tracking changes in program performance over time EVALUATION = Assessing whether objectives have been met Assessing extent to which program is responsible for observed changes

7 Illustration of Program Monitoring Program start Program end TIME PROGRAM INDICATOR

8 Illustration of Program Impact Program start Program end TIME CHANGE IN PROGRAM OUTCOME With program Without program Program impact

9 Activity 1: Is It Monitoring or Evaluation? The Ministry of Womens Affairs wants to know if programs carried out in Province A are reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV). USAID wants to know how many villages in Region B have been reached with anti-GBV messages by your program this year. A country director is interested in finding out if the care provided to rape victims in public clinics meets national standards of quality.

10 Purpose of Monitoring and Evaluation The purpose of monitoring and evaluation is to measure program effectiveness.

11 Were resources made available to the program in the quantities and at the times specified by the program plan? Were the program activities carried out as planned? Which program activities were more effective and which were less effective? Did the expected changes occur? How much change occurred? Can improved health outcomes be attributed to program efforts? Did the target population benefit from the program and at what cost? Monitoring and Evaluation Questions

12 M&E Across Program Life Cycle ASSESSMENT What is the nature of the (health) problem? EVALUATION How Do I know that the strategy is working? How do I judge if the intervention is making a difference? STRATEGIC PLANNING What primary objectives should my program pursue to address this problem? IMPLEMENTATION/MONITORING How do I know the activities are being implemented as designed? How much does implementation vary from site to site? How can be program become more efficient or effective? DESIGN What strategy, interventions and approaches should my program use to achieve these priorities ?

13 Activity 1 Discussion: Key Elements of M&E Plan Do participants programs have M&E plans? What are the components of the plans? What sections do the plans include? Distribute Handout 1: Template for M&E Plan What is missing from their programs M&E plans? What additional components do their programs M&E plans include?

14 Activity 2: Identifying the Problem Organize into 4 groups representing the different categories of GBV intervention: community mobilization behavior change service delivery laws and public policy Review Handout 2: Gender-Based Violence Case Study What is the problem from your groups perspective? What are 2 or 3 barriers your GBV intervention group might face when trying to help women like Marie?

15 Program Goals A goal is a broad statement of a desired, long- term outcome of a program. Goals represent general big picture statements of desired results. Examples: To improve the lives of women who experience gender-based violence To decrease injury and mortality due to gender- based violence To eliminate gender-based violence

16 Program Objectives Objectives are statements of desired, specific, realistic and measurable program results SMART acronym: Specific: identifies concrete events or actions that will take place Measurable: quantifies the amount of resources, activity, or change to be expended and achieved Appropriate: logically relates to the overall problem statement and desired effects of the program Realistic: provides a realistic dimension that can be achieved with the available resources and plans for implementation Time-bound: specifies a time within which the objective will be achieved Source: GAP 2003

17 How to Write Program Objectives To[action] The[specify what knowledge, attitudes, skills, behaviors] Among[specific population or segment] From-to[from baseline to desired level] or by[ x percent ] or to[specific level] By[time frame]

18 Activity 3: Is it a Goal or an Objective? To reduce GBV To increase the % of men and women in beneficiary population who believe that violence is not an acceptable way of dealing with conflict from 40% in 2002 to 80% by 2007 To increase the number of domestic violence clients recommended for counseling who utilize counseling services by 30%

19 Activity 4: Defining Program Goals and Objectives Return to small groups from previous activity Develop one goal and two objectives for a program that will address problems identified in Handout 2 (GBV Case Study) After 15 minutes, a member of each group will share the program goal and objectives

20 Developing Program Strategies Role of a Conceptual Framework

21 Conceptual Frameworks Diagram that identifies and illustrates the relationships between all relevant systemic, organizational, individual, or other salient factors that may influence program/project operation and the successful achievement of program or project goals. M&E purpose: To show where program fits into wider context To clarify assumptions about causal relationships To show how program components will operate to influence outcomes To guide identification of indicators To guide impact analysis (causal pathways)

22 Illustrative Conceptual Model for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Society Community Relationship Individual perpetrator norms laws notions of masculinity gender roles poverty unemployment family isolation community acceptance of violence marital conflict male control of wealth male control of decision making in family being male witnessing marital violence as child being abused as child absent or rejecting father alcohol use : Heise 1998 Source: Heise 1998 Society

23 Activity 5: Developing Program Activities Return to small groups from previous activity Develop 3 program activities for the goal and objectives that the group had formulated earlier to address the problems identified in the GBV case study In 15 minutes, a member of each group will share the program strategies and activities

24 Logic Models

25 What is a Logic Model? Logic models are diagrams connecting program inputs to processes, outputs, outcome, and impact as they relate to a specific problem or situation. Logic models show what resources your program will need to accomplish its goals, what your program will do, and what it hopes to achieve, emphasizing the links between all these things.

26 Logic Model Components Input – Resources used in a program (e.g., money, staff, curricula, and materials) Process – Activities conducted by program to accomplish its objectives (e.g., outreach, advocacy, training, BCC, etc.) Output – Direct results of program activities (e.g., people trained, materials distributed, couples counseled, etc.) Outcome – Program results at population level (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, behavior, coverage) Impact – Long-term change in morbidity, mortality, and fertility

27 Activity 6: Identifying Logic Model Components Distribute Handout 5 Each of the scenarios in the handout corresponds to one of the five components in the logic model: Input, process, output, outcome, and impact As a group, decide which component the scenario illustrates

28 INPUT Human and financial resources to develop training materials & implement training program PROCESS Develop GBV clinical training curriculum Conduct training-of- trainers workshops Conduct GBV training for providers OUTCOME Increased awareness of GBV as a health issue Increased disclosure of GBV Increased knowledge and utilization of GBV services Handout 6: Illustrative Logic Model for Provider Training Program IMPACT Improved health and safety of GBV victims OUTPUT Providers trained in GBV Improved provider attitudes toward GBV Increased provider ability to identify, counsel, care for, and refer GBV victims

29 Role of Logic Model Program planning Helps one think through program strategy – where you are and where you want to be Program management Helps one track and monitor operations to better manage results Communication Shows stakeholders at a glance what the program is doing and what it expects to achieve

30 Role of Logic Model Consensus building Promotes common understanding about what program is, how it works, and what it is trying to achieve Fundraising Can structure and streamline grant writing Monitoring and evaluation Provides thorough understanding of what resources a program has to work with, what it is doing, and what it hopes to achieve.

31 Activity 7: Developing a Logic Model Return to small groups from previous activities Develop a logic model for two of the activities of your program After 20 minutes, a member of each group will share the logic model

32 Results Frameworks

33 Results Framework Diagram that identifies steps or levels of results and illustrates the causal relationships linking all levels of a programs objectives Purposes Provides a clarified focus on the causal relationships that connect incremental achievement of results to the comprehensive program impact Clarifies project/program mechanics and factors relationships that suggest ways and means of objectively measuring the achievement of desired ends Other terms used Strategic framework

34 IR1 Strengthened sustainability of GBV programs IR1.1 Improved policy environment for GBV prevention and response IR1.2 Strengthened NGO advocacy for GBV prevention SO1: Increased Utilization of Reproductive Health Services IR2 Expansion of high-quality health services for GBV victims in the public and private sectors IR2.1 Increased availability of GBV screening and referral IR2.3 Improved provider competence in GBV screening, referral, care, & counseling IR2.2 Improved provider attitude towards GBV Illustrative Results Frameworks

35 Activity 8: Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Questions Return to your previous group activities where you developed your program goals and objectives and logic model Come up with at least 1 monitoring question and 1 evaluation question After 10 minutes, a member of the group will share the M&E questions

36 Selecting Indicators

37 An indicator is a specific, observable, and measurable characteristic that can be used to show changes or progress a program is making toward achieving a specific outcome. What is an Indicator?

38 Characteristics of Good Indicators Valid: accurate measure of a behavior, practice or task Reliable: consistently measurable in the same way by different observers Precise: operationally defined in clear terms Measurable: quantifiable using available tools and methods Timely: provides a measurement at time intervals relevant and appropriate in terms of program goals and activities Programmatically important: linked to the program or to achieving the program objectives that are needed for public health impact

39 Indicators do not specify a particular level of achievement the words improved, increased, or decreased do not belong in an indicator. Characteristics of Good Indicators (cont.)

40 Common Indicator Metrics Counts no. of legal and service organizations for violence against women and girls (VAW/G) survivors no. women and children using VAW/G social welfare services Calculations: percentages, rates, ratios % of health units with at least one service provider trained to care for and refer survivors % of women aged who have ever experienced physical violence from an intimate partner Index, composite measures gender-equitable men (GEM) scale sexual relationship power scale Thresholds presence, absence; pre-determined level or standard

41 Common Challenges in Indicator Selection Choosing an indicator that program activities cannot affect Choosing an indicator that is too vague Indicators that do not currently exist and cannot realistically be collected Selecting an indicator that does not accurately represent the desired outcome Too many indicators

42 How Many Indicators Are Enough? At least one or two indicators per key activity or result (ideally, from different data sources) At least one indicator for every core activity (e.g., training, BCC) No more than 8-10 indicators per area of significant program focus Use a mix of data collection strategies/source

43 Factors to Consider When Selecting Indicators Logic/link to framework Programmatic needs/information for decision making Data availability Resources External requirements (government, donor, headquarters) Standardized indicators (if available)

44 Activity 9: Selecting Indicators Return to small groups from previous activities where you developed goals, objectives, activities, and M&E questions Select 3 indicators that your group might use to measure progress towards your program goals and objectives Into which logic model component does each indicator fall? After 15 minutes, a member of each group will share the indicators

45 Activity 10: Selecting Indicators Contd As a class, look at the indicators that the groups selected in the previous activity Discuss the following: To what extent are the indicators logically linked to the groups M&E framework? Do the proposed indicators share the characteristics of good indicators? How will the indicators be used for program decision-making and for what decisions? Are data available to measure the indicators? Can the indicators be realistically collected given available resources? Are there government or donor requirements for measuring the proposed indicators?

46 Where to Find Standardized Indicators for GBV Programs Bloom, Shelah S. Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators (MS-08-30). Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill; United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Statistical Division. Indicators to Measure Violence against Women. Report of the Expert Group Meeting, 8 to 10 October Geneva: United Nations Human Rights Council; Report of the special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, by Yakin Ertürk. Indicators on violence against women and state response. Advance edited version 28 January 2008.

47 Illustrative Indicators: Community Mobilization Proportion of people who would assist a woman being beaten by her husband or partner Proportion of people who say that wife beating is an acceptable way for husbands to discipline their wives Proportion of people who agree that rape can take place between a man and woman who are married Proportion of youth-serving organizations that include training for beneficiaries on sexual and physical VAW/G

48 Illustrative Indicators: Behavior Change Communication Proportion of people who have been exposed to VAW/G prevention messages Proportion of girls who say that they would be willing to report any experience of unwanted sexual activity Proportion of girls that feel able to say no to sexual activity Proportion of individuals who know any of the legal sanctions for VAW/G

49 Illustrative Indicators: Service Delivery Proportion of health units that have documented and adopted a protocol for the clinical management of VAW/G survivors Proportion of health units with at least one service provider trained to care for and refer VAW/G survivors Proportion of women who were asked about physical and sexual violence during a visit to the health unit Proportion of rape survivors who received comprehensive care

50 Illustrative Indicators: Law and Public Policy Proportion of law enforcement units following a nationally established protocol for VAW/G complaints No. of law enforcement professionals trained to respond to incidents of VAW/G according to an established protocol No. of VAW/G complaints reported to the police Proportion of VAW/G cases that were investigated by the police

51 Measuring Indicators Indicator 1: No. of service providers trained (in the past year or other period) to identify, refer, and care for VAW/G survivors providers include any clinician providing direct clinical services to clients at public health facilities trained refers to attending every day of a five-day training course on VAW/G

52 Measuring Indicators Indicator 2: % of women who were asked about physical and sexual violence during a visit to a health unit Numerator: Number of women who were asked, during the course of their service provision at the health unit, about any violence that had ever occurred, either physical or sexual, in the geographic area of study (nation, province, state, community) Denominator: If record review, total number of womens records that were reviewed at the health unit If exit interview, total number of women interviewed

53 Activity 11: Operational Definition of Indicators Distribute Handout 8 Organize into 4 groups Write an operational definition for one of the following indicators: intimate partner physical violence appropriate care for rape survivors support-seeking behavior of GBV victims gender-norm related attitudes that reinforce VAW/G After 15 minutes, a member of each group will share the operational definitions

54 Measuring Composite Indicators Example: How to measure attitudes toward GBV? What question do you ask? How do you know any one question is a good representation of general attitude? How do you scale each question (agree/disagree; strongly disagree to strongly agree; yes/no)? How do you combine answers to the questions to come up with one indicator? What value or weight do you assign to any one question on GBV attitude in the survey?

55 Example of Measuring Attitudes Toward Wife Beating Sometimes a man is annoyed or angered by things that his wife does. In your opinion, is a man justified in hitting or beating his wife in the following situations: she goes out without telling him she neglects the children she argues with him she refuses to have sex with him she burns the food

56 Activity 12: Specifying Indicator Metrics Return to small groups from previous activities Look at the indicators that your group has selected to measure progress towards your goals and objectives Define the metrics for each indicator

57 Indicator Reference Sheets Distribute Handout 9

58 Setting Indicator Targets: Useful Information Sources past trends client expectations donor expectations expert opinion research findings what has been accomplished elsewhere

59 Activity 13: Setting Indicator Targets Based on Past Trends One of the objectives of the Ministry of Womens Affairs in Country X is to reduce the prevalence of intimate partner violence. The 2000 DHS showed that 30% of ever- married women aged years in the country had ever experienced intimate partner emotional, sexual, or physical violence. A comparable DHS conducted in showed that the prevalence of intimate partner violence (emotional, physical, or sexual) was 25% among ever-married women aged Based on these trends, what would be a realistic national target for this indicator in 2010?

60 Types of Information Sources Quantitative data useful for tracking trends accurately and highlighting differences Qualitative data useful for understanding the context in which the trends/differences occur and to interpret quantitative data accurately (e.g., focus groups, in- depth interviews)

61 Quantitative Information Sources Population-based surveys DHS (domestic violence module), VAW/G survey, facility surveys Client exit interviews; provider surveys; clinic observations Health service statistics Program statistics Crime statistics (of poor quality in many LDCs) Behavioral surveillance systems

62 Triangulating Data Sources: Soul City Individual 1. National Survey Community Society 2. Sentinel Site Studies 5. Media Monitoring and Analysis 4. NNVAW Partnership Study 6. Cost – Effectiveness Study 3. (National) Qualitative Impact Assessment

63 Activity 14: Identifying Information Sources for Indicators Return to small groups from previous activities Look at the indicators that your group has selected to measure progress towards your program goals and objectives For each indicator, identify the potential source of data needed for its calculation What challenges might you face in using these potential information sources? After 10 minutes, a member of the group will present

64 Guiding Questions for Choosing an Evaluation Design What question does your program need to answer? What do you want to measure (indicators)? How sure to you want to be? (VERY SURE = GOOD ) What is the cost of making a mistake (low, medium, high)? When do you need the results? (FAST) How much are you willing to pay? (CHEAP) Has the program already started?


66 Impact Evaluation Needs Specific Design Evaluating program impact; interested in attribution/causality Experimental (with randomization) or quasi- experimental design Program already implemented; no baseline Post-test only design (then multivariate analysis) Program not yet implemented Pretest-post-test design; time series design

67 When monitoring and evaluating GBV programs, the confidentiality, privacy, safety, and well-being of GBV survivors must be top priority at all times.

68 Bloom, SS. Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators (MS-08-30). Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill; Bott S, Guedes A, Claramunt MC, Guezmes A. Improving the Health Sector Response to Gender-Based Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals in Developing Countries. New York: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region; Interagency Gender Working Group. Addressing Gender-Based Violence from the Reproductive Health/HIV Sector: A Literature Review. Washington: The Population Technical Assistance Project (POPTECH); References

69 Soul City 4. Impact Evaluation; Violence Against Women, Vols. I and II World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies. Geneva: World Health Organization; ions/en/index.html References (continued)

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