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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.

Latest Updates

Raising the bar for routine M&E in GBV programs – From recognition to diffusion

18 Dec 2018

IRC present their new GBV M&E tools, with which they wish to shift the focus from output to outcomes by measuring ‘felt stigma’ and ‘psychosocial functioning'


It all starts with frustrations and good ideas: Reflections from the ‘Humanitarian Innovation Forum 2018’

18 Jul 2018

As they enter the final stages of their GBV M&E project, IRC reflect on their innovation journey, a collaborative process that grew out of frustrations with current practices


Provider experiences with measuring felt stigma and psycho-social well-being

17 Apr 2018

IRC are piloting their M&E tools among 200 female GBV survivors in Kenya and Jordan, and received positive feedback that the tool is helpful for measuring outcomes of GBV interventions, and enables case managers to understand the burden of violence


Creating reliable and valid measures for GBV survivors

28 Feb 2018

IRC are thinking about reliability and validity whilst developing tools to measure the impact of GBV programming in terms of psychosocial well-being and felt stigma


Measuring Psychosocial Well-Being Across Cultures

05 Jan 2018

IRC are in refugee camps in Jordan and Kenya to find out women’s thoughts and feelings around experiences of violence


Raising the bar for routine M&E in GBV programmes

07 Dec 2017

IRC tell us about their GBV project, which aims to develop measurement tools that allow the humanitarian community to measure the impact of GBV programming in terms of psychosocial well-being and felt stigma


Related Resources

Report Gender-based Violence

Final Report: Raising the bar for routine M&E in GBV programs

Tool Gender-based Violence

Gender-Based Violence Case Management Outcome Monitoring Toolkit

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