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
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:
- Effective use of resources during humanitarian crisis when funding is scarce and attention needs to be paid to immediate needs of women and girls
- Improved implementation and adaptation of GBV programs through routine measurement of GBV outcomes that will then be used to inform programming
- 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.