Data-driven efforts to end violence against children

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 Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project is supporting USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphan’s Fund (DCOF) to capture learning from and strengthen countries’ responses to their VACS data. This work aims to ensure that the data on violence against children generated by VACS is driving action on the ground. HEARD is working to develop learning resources based on country experiences, provide direct support to country responses to VACS data, and disseminate learning. This work is not an evaluation of VACS or how they were implemented. Rather, we seek to learn what processes, technical support, and coordination mechanisms have proven most useful in acting on the surveys to develop and fund national action policies and programs.

Learn more about the HEARD Project Support for Country Responses to VACS on the following pages:

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.