Data-driven efforts to end violence against children

The Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) are nationally representative surveys of males and females between the ages of 13-24, designed to measure the burden of sexual, physical, and emotional violence experienced in childhood and adolescence. VACS data are designed to provide countries with evidence to address, reduce, and ultimately eliminate violence against children. The purpose of the VACS Process Review is to (1) Provide funding and technical support in at least three countries to catalyze the resolution of roadblocks impeding effective country response to their VACS; (2) Develop supportive resources for countries in several key areas of a national VACS response (e.g., technical capability, political will, coordination strategy, civil society engagement, funding and development partner engagement); (3) Support dissemination of information and project learning across key partners and new VACS countries on lessons learned from the current VACS processes and refinement of key steps that have been successful; and (4) Highlight the use of INSPIRE strategies and the actions that VACS data has generated.

More information on the VACS Overview will be available on the following pages by August 15, 2020:

The Applied Implementation Science (IS) Strategy

The implementation science approach requires deliberate engagement of multiple actors representing an extensive array of skill sets and experiences to apply evidence to the most pressing challenges facing health policy and program implementation. Therefore, our larger set of partners includes sub-regional health bodies, policy advocacy groups, civil society-based evidence advocates, implementation support organizations, research organizations, and academic institutions.  With support from the “Research Systems Integrator” (e.g. URC) partnerships can more seamlessly move across the continuum from priority identification to use of evidence to inform change. We aim to use evidence as a vehicle for action and change.