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Raising the bar for routine M&E in GBV programs

Organisation: International Rescue Committee

Location: London, UK; IRC Jordan in Amman; IRC Kenya in Nairobi

Type of grant: GBV

Status: Ongoing

  • Volunteer community health workers in outreach sessions with rural Syrian and Jordanian clients. Photo Times Frauzt

  • Female CBO members in DRC where the felt stigma and psychosocial well-being measurement tools were originally developed. Photo credit: Porters/IRC

  • Photo Credit: Timea Fauszt/IRC

  • Case management session in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya (Bundgaard/IRC)

The IRC wishes to develop and pilot measurement tools that allow the humanitarian community to validly and reliably measure the impact of GBV programming in terms of psychosocial well-being and felt stigma.

What is the humanitarian need?

In line with the results from the HIF GAP analysis, we have concluded that there are very limited ways of  measuring  outcomes  for  GBV survivors  and  the direct  impact  of  GBV  programs,  which  prevents the humanitarian community from fully understanding the need to, and how to, efficiently adapt interventions throughout the project cycle.

Measuring the impact of GBV programming with cutting edge monitoring and evaluation approaches is the foundation for becoming evidence-based and outcome driven. Finding innovative ways to measure outcomes and the impact of comprehensive GBV and women’s empowerment programs will close a significant gap within the sector.

What is the innovative solution?

For the IRC and other GBV actors, the ability to measure outcomes in GBV survivors’ psychosocial well-being and felt stigma will have immense impact – not only our ability to properly assess the successes of GBV response interventions over time but also to manifest and justify  the need  for continued funding  in humanitarian settings. The impact will happen on three different levels:

  1. Effective use of resources during humanitarian crisis when funding is scarce and attention needs to be paid to immediate needs of women and girls
  2. Improved implementation and adaptation of GBV programs through routine measurement of GBV outcomes that will then be used to inform programming
  3. Increased quality access  to  GBV  services by  women  and  girls across  countries  and communities through targeted activities that have  been proven efficient and can  be taken to scale.

What are the expected outcomes?

The  end  goal is a set of measurement  tools  that  have  been  piloted  and  validated  among  two  different populations (Syrian refugees in Jordan and Somali/South Sudanese refugees in Kenya). The measurement tools will be accompanied by guidelines for adaptation to other humanitarian and development contexts. These resources would be widely available and launched at global, regional and national levels through (inter)national working groups and partners.


Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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