Through the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme funded by the UK Department for International Development programme, the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) have focused on developing new evidence to address gaps in understanding of VAWG during conflict and humanitarian crises, including implementing a landmark population-based study on the prevalence, forms and drivers of VAWG in conflict-affected South Sudan.
In order to bridge the gap between research and action, this toolkit has been developed to support non-academic stakeholders to understand and interpret the data gathered through population-based research on VAWG and to create a process for moving from evidence to implementing action. The Research to Action tool provides a step-by-step process for practitioners and policymakers to better understand and utilize data generated by VAWG research activities.
The tool is structured in a way to support members of the research team to facilitate a three-day interactive workshop that will help key stakeholders understand the results of research and plan for evidence-based actions. The stakeholders participating in these research to action workshops may include representatives from Ministries and agencies essential to the protection of women and girls in conflict settings including: the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Community-based Organizations (CBOs), Women’s Rights Organizations, Ministries of Health, Ministries of Gender or their equivalent, and other humanitarian agencies.
Overall, the tool and workshop aim to provide practitioners and policymakers with a basic introduction to understanding quantitative data (Day 1), qualitative data (Day 2), and action planning (Day 3).