Informing Policy & Practice

The Together for Girls’ Data-to-Action (D2A) Framework provides a process for helping countries move from collecting data via the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) to developing and implementing national action plans to prevent and respond to violence against children.

Thus far, this framework has helped to advance the following policies and practices in post-VACS countries around the world:

  • Six national actions plans produced – and more in the pipeline
  • Increased national investments in INSPIRE-related areas (e.g., Malawi)
  • Adoption of a Children’s Policy (e.g., Swaziland)
  • Heightened attention to adolescents (e.g., Tanzania and Zimbabwe)
  • National adaptations of VACS (e.g., Indonesia)

Data-to-Action Workshops

HEARD participated in National VACS D2A workshops in both Colombia (July 2019) and Moldova (September 2019). Both countries used the D2A workshop model to convene stakeholders across the health, child protection, education, justice and other sectors to review their national VACS data for the first time and discuss how they will respond to the data and build on what they are already doing with policies and programs to address, prevent, and ultimately eliminate violence against children.

Participation in the workshops is catalytic to understanding the national actors in the space and the process that these particular countries are using to act on their VACS data. HEARD will use the experience to develop proposed scopes of work for in-depth country engagement, particularly in Colombia, which has been prioritized as a country for in-depth engagement. HEARD will also build on these country experiences to document the country learning reflected in the landscape analysis.