One of the key objectives set out in the UN Trust Fund’s Strategy 2015-2020 is the creation of an evidence hub to collect, reflect on and share the knowledge and lessons learned through the work of grantees.
Key ways in which this is being achieved is by: improving the UN Trust Fund’s evaluation practice and results monitoring to produce high quality, useful evidence; investing in longer-term projects where the initial project period shows clear potential to build on previous achievements and learn from successes; and supporting grantees to improve their own capacity in data collection, monitoring and evaluation.
Building on previous UN Trust Fund efforts, a small set of standard, common indicators was developed in late 2017 to enable us to collect and aggregate data on similar results achieved across our portfolio of grantees, a crucial part of enabling the UN Trust Fund to evaluate results attributable to the organizations awarded grants. This methodology revealed, for example, that in 2017, 36 grantee organizations reported that at least 10,547 women and girls were reached using specialist support services, including trauma counselling and shelters, thanks to UN Trust Fund projects; 34 grantees reported or referred at least 3,547 cases of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls to local state service providers; and 17 grantees reached 333 schools to improve the curriculum or implement policies, practices or services to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.
As well as common indicators, project evaluations are a core source of results, lessons learned and evidence on what works and what does not, across the UN Trust Fund’s portfolio. As a first step, in 2016, we commissioned a meta-analysis of findings from evaluation reports of grants made between 2008 and 2012 and a meta-evaluation of the quality of 77 evaluations. In 2017 this informed improvements in evaluation practice including increasing budget allocations for final evaluations of grantees; centralizing the evaluation budget and evaluations management for small organizations to address their lack of capacity to manage evaluations; and introducing quality assurance measures for the management of all decentralized evaluations.
The new grants evaluations library on the UN Trust Fund’s public website is the start of a larger endeavour to build an evidence and learning hub by 2020 to catalyse and harness the depth of knowledge and lessons learned through the work of grantees and so contribute to the evidence base on ending violence against women and girls. From 2018, all satisfactory quality project evaluations will be uploaded onto the website with the aim of disseminating the findings among practitioners and partners.
grantee organizations report that at least
women and girls were reached using specialist support services
“WOMEN FEEL HESITANT TO SHARE ANY INCIDENT RELATED TO VIOLENCE. THE TRAININGS GAVE US PROPER GUIDELINES AND APPROACH ON HOW TO ORGANIZE OURSELVES AND TACKLE SOCIAL ISSUES. WE ARE NOW ABLE TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL ALLIES AND OPPONENTS, INITIATE CAMPAIGNS AND RESOLVE ISSUES IN VILLAGES.” Ms Ramila Devi, women’s peer group member, Dungarpur, Rajasthan
During 2017, the UN Trust Fund team conducted 32 monitoring missions to projects in 22 countries, six of which were to provide training and support to small organizations.7 One of the projects visited by the UN Trust Fund team in 2017 was in the Sonitpur district in the Indian State of Assam where Pragya, a civil society organization, is working to address violence against women from ethnic minority tribal communities. The project is supporting a kitchen garden seeds distribution programme that has helped the village to grow essential vegetables, which are used both for their own consumption and to sell in local markets.
Pragya is working with 100 women’s peer groups and panchayats (village councils) which have over time become cohesive and vibrant and attracted new members. The grantee also continued to work with the 300 women leaders trained in providing counselling and psychosocial support so that they could offer leadership and guidance to the peer groups to which they belong.
During 2017, 38 cases of gender-based violence were reported by women through empowerment centres set up under the project and 2,812 women benefited directly from interventions and trainings through the women’s peer groups and village councils.
Workshops were held with 348 elected members of village councils to orient them on participative and inclusive governance and gendersensitive budgeting and planning. Ninety local mentors trained through the project have been conducting “Know Your Rights” campaigns in their respective clusters, reaching 6,360 community members.
The monitoring visit clearly indicated the scope in areas of convergence where the work of Pragya and the UN Trust Fund can reinforce each other, for example in getting access to relevant State machineries and feeding learnings from the project into future initiatives.
Workshops were held with 348 elected members of village councils to orient them on participative and inclusive governance and gender-sensitive budgeting and planning.