Q&A from the GBV Research Methodologies webinar

In the reviews, did you note the methodologies used for monitoring, especially where access may be challenging or changing during conflict?

The systematic review of intervention research was focused on impact evaluations so while we reviewed some papers reporting monitoring outcomes, they did not meet the inclusion criteria so were excluded from the review.

Who made the GBV interventions?

The interventions were primarily implemented by NGOs and developmental agencies (local and/or international) (69%) and UN agencies (9%). A smaller number of published documents reported interventions from government agencies and faith based organisations.

Did you find any differences between best practices in methodologies for GBV prevention versus response programming?

We did not review response programming for the systematic review of intervention research. However, many of the same lessons from prevention research can be applied to response programmes. We found that the GBV Research guidelines and tools that we reviewed did not distinguish methodology recommendations by prevention or response research. This is a current gap in the recommendations and your question highlights this point. Future research would benefit from increased reporting of methodological lessons learned during individual research studies to understand if there are any key distinctions that can be made between research in different contexts or by programming type.

Have you considered the GV practices used by international assistance agencies in their humanitarian interventions?

The best practice guidelines for research are based on key research guideline documents supplemented with published case studies. The systematic review highlighted the disparity in the number of innovative prevention interventions that are taking place compared to the number of published evaluations. There are best practices used by international agencies however, there is a huge gap in sharing the lessons between our respective practice groups. It is hoped that these guidelines can be a starting point and as the field moves forward we work towards bring the international agencies, local organisations, academics, funders and policy makers together so that we can effectively share our best practices for programming and research.

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