Moray House School of Education and Sport

Implementation Research for Preventing Violence against Children

This 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: Seven Strategies to End Violence technical package.

Eliminating violence against children (VAC) is a global imperative as mandated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving the ambitious violence-related SDGs requires evidence. International agencies have demonstrated unprecedented agreement creating a common evidence-based framework to address VAC called INSPIRE.

The Global Partnership to End Violence (EVAC) is working with 23 Pathfinding Countries who are implementing the INSPIRE package to ensure they have access to the solutions, expertise and resources they need to prepare and implement their plan.  

Intensive course opportunity

Adapting and implementing proven INSPIRE interventions in different contexts around the world is a key challenge faced by the violence prevention community.

Implementation research is one way to deliver INSPIRE interventions across the full range of existing systems (social welfare, health, education, justice and others) and in the wide diversity of possible settings.

Implementation research can help practitioners and technical policymakers to effectively ask and respond to these questions: What is happening in the design, implementation, administration, operation, services, and outcomes of violence prevention programs? Is it what is expected or desired? Why is it happening the way it is?

This participatory and interactive course, co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh and EVAC, is designed to bring implementers from government, UN agencies and CSOs around the world, together to advance understandings of how to prevent and respond to violence.

By the end of the course, participants will leave with a concrete plan of action that meets national/organizational interests and priorities and is adapted to the localised understanding, practice and evidence of VAC.

This will be a 5-day course held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 3 - 7 December 2018. You will be asked to bring your National Action Plan and/or the priority areas you want to address to use as the basis of discussions throughout the week.

Through participatory lectures and small group work, the course will focus on:

  • Building consensus and advocating with different stakeholders in/at different levels. 
  • Creating common measurable outcomes
  • Testing ideas and theories
  • Learning with constant feedback loops
  • Learning from what may not have worked as well as anticipated
  • Developing and applying appropriate methods of evaluation

You will be provided with a workbook which covers key points from each day of the course and to create a daily log enabling you to apply the learning in your national context and share the learning with colleagues.

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

Optional outings outside of the course programme, including joining a Scottish Parliament debate on men and masculinity, Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets, and the recently opened V&A museum in Dundee (approximately 1.5 hours north of Edinburgh).  

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.

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 

Indicative programme:

Monday 3 December (9:00 - 14:00) Background to 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

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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