Moray House School of Education

Evaluation Methods for Safe Inclusive Schools Intensive Course

This significant and timely one-week intensive learning opportunity provides an introduction to using Implementation Research to adapt violence prevention interventions for different contexts and settings, with a specific focus on the INSPIRE framework – a compilation of interventions that are proven or highly likely to prevent violence against children developed by the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Together for Girls, PEPFAR and other stakeholders (WHO, 2016).

Intensive course opportunity

This participatory and interactive 5-day course on Implementation Research and INSPIRE  is designed to bring practitioners from around the world, with their intimate understanding of context, and researchers, with their understanding of the methods and science of inquiry, together to advance our understanding of how to prevent and respond to violence.

You will examine international case study examples while exploring time, budget, data, and political constraints as well as capacity-building practices related to understanding how best to adapt gold standard practice into contextually appropriate implementation without losing rigour.

During the intensive, five-day course, participants will also learn more about the INSPIRE framework – a compilation of interventions that are proven or highly likely to prevent violence against children developed by the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Together for Girls, PEPFAR and other stakeholders (WHO, 2016).

We are delighted that the following individuals will contribute to facilitating the course:

Dr. Deborah Fry, Senior Lecturer in Child Protection at the University of Edinburgh, Preventing Violence in Childhood Research Lead and Co-Lead of the Safe Inclusive Schools Network 

Dr. Catherine Maternowska, Data and Evidence Lead, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid, Director of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the University of the Philippines Manila - Philippine General Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, and Executive Director of the Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Sarah Morton, Director and Founder of Outcomes Focus

Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair in Education at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Lead of the Safe Inclusive Schools Network  

Dr. Amanda Third, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

Dr. Karen Devries, Associate Professor in Social Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

You may be interested in this course if you are a:

  • Practitioner working in the areas of children’s well-being, education or child protection in the not-for-profit, international development or UN sectors,
  • Policymaker or practitioner who commissions research and evaluations,
  • Teacher or someone who works within school settings,
  • Masters or PhD-level student in the fields of education, child protection, public health or other social sciences

Format of the Course:

This will be a one-week, intensive course held from 26 - 30 November, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland including 20 contact hours of coursework and one optional formal assessment (an evaluation plan of 5,000 words). The course will include 4 half-days and one full-day (Wednesday) of lecture and small group work.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion and a compendium of course materials.  

Indicative programme:

Monday 3 December (9:00 - 14:00) Background to Safe Inclusive Schools and Evaluation Approaches
Tuesday, 4 December (9:00-17:00) Assessment of Programme Theory
Wednesday 5 December (9:00-13:00) Evaluation Designs
Thursday 6 December (9:00-14:00) Identifying Constraints, Addressing Threats to Validity & Strengthening Your Design
Friday 7 December (9:00-17:00) Helping People Use the Evaluation

About SISN:

The Safe Inclusive Schools Network (SISN) is based in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. As an interdisciplinary network of researchers, SISN aims to advance knowledge about the dynamics of inequalities with a particular focus on how they may create pathways to violence and exclusion, and, from there, to establish new directions in understanding how outcomes can be enhanced through the provision of safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.   

Course Booking:

The course fees are £850, and the booking deadline is 31 October. Please book on to the course early to avoid disapointment, but note that a minimum number of participants is needed in order for this course to go ahead.

Please note that participants will be responsible for their own travel and accomodation costs, if applicable. Please contact Tabitha Casey ( with any enquiries before making travel arrangements.

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