USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research (HEARD) Project is conducting a landscape analysis to document and harness learning from countries’ post-Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) efforts to end violence against children. This analysis is not an evaluation, but instead seeks to document lessons learned to make recommendations to strengthen post-VACS data-to-action processes. Much of the information and learning will be gleaned from local actors, as well as from the input of international groups that have been engaged in VACS since the outset (e.g., members of the Together for Girls Leadership Council).
This landscape analysis highlights the many contributions that VACS have made to date to reduce violence against children, as well as point out how processes might be improved and/or national action plans might be more fully funded. It will serve as a reference document for the in-depth efforts HEARD will carry out in three to four deep dive countries and will be revised and enriched as learning takes place over the next three years.
The analysis covers all 24 countries that have implemented or are implementing VACS and includes the following components:
1. Process Overview
We begin with an overview of the processes that are being followed (or have been followed) in every country that is currently implementing (or has implemented) a VACS. This includes looking into the extent of stakeholder engagement in key phases, whether data-to-action workshops have been held, what other changes/improvements VACS have already generated, and what sorts of coordination mechanisms have been put in place.
2. Review of the Literature
Concurrently to the process review, HEARD partners conducted a review of all secondary analyses, including peer-reviewed articles, that have been conducted using VACS data (e.g., what countries, for what purposes, by what authors). Please follow the hyperlink to learn about the results of the review.
3. National Action Plan Review
We are monitoring the status of support and funding for national action plans and/or other measures to respond to VACS results. HEARD plays a critical role in supporting in-country partners and experts in using the VACS data to formulate needed policies and practices to reduce violence against children.
4. Stakeholder Study
In the future, the analysis will include inputs from key in-country VACS stakeholders via a stakeholder survey and 1-2 key informant interviews in each country. HEARD has developed near final drafts of the data collection instruments for the analysis. Pending review of stakeholders, HEARD will proceed with data collection among in-country and global-level VACS stakeholders.