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About The National Evaluation Framework

The national evaluation framework was developed through a consultative process

with nine dynamic women’s and community based organizations. These organizations were at various stages of programming which engaged men and boys in gender-based violence prevention. The NEF drew upon both the partner organization evaluation and a comprehensive literature review “Men’s Engagement in Gender-Based Violence Prevention: A Critical Review of Evaluation Approaches”. The NEF is not an exhaustive list of indicators and potential outcomes, but seeks to build on the commonalities of the existing approaches from our partners.

This tool will be useful for wide-ranging practitioners

who are engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls (i.e. project managers, youth workers/youth engagement specialists, policy analysts, evaluators, senior management, researchers, community development practitioners, gender specialists, etc.). The need for clear and holistic evaluation approaches is essential for the field of primary GBV prevention. As the field of engaging men and boys is relatively new and the evidence-base is scarce, it is essential that male-focused programming and initiatives document outcomes and demonstrate impact. The national evaluation framework addresses this need.

It should be noted this is not a prescriptive framework, and is meant to be adaptable, flexible, and responsive to various contexts.

Contextual factors can include (but are not limited to) community readiness, terminology and narratives being utilized, proximity between program locations, impact of colonization and multiple layers of trauma experiences by Inuit and Indigenous communities.

Furthermore, the NEF is not intended to be used in it’s entirety.

For example, an anti-violence community-based initiative will assess more community-based indicators than an individual approach to programming. The NEF is meant to be adaptable and flexible depending on the focus of the organization and program. This means that practitioners may use this tool to assist in customizing a framework that is appropriate for their program model/intervention.

The NEF explores eight outcome areas, each with two desired outcomes and across four levels of change.

The NEF assesses each outcome area at different levels of change- community, organizational, social and individual. Inserting changes at the community level prior to the other levels was intentional, as the majority of our partners indicated that their programs are working towards change at this level first and underscored its importance in the change process prior to any other change level.

Using a balance of qualitative and quantitative indicators

Both qualitative and quantitative indicators have been identified across the four levels of change and eight outcome areas. Note that many of the qualitative indicators are “examples”. Using examples is a user-friendly way to capture real-life changes in men and boys. These examples can be direct stories from male program participants. The balanced approach between qualitative and quantitative indicators in the framework helps to create a more complete picture of the evaluation.

Importance of gender disaggregated data.

Data should be disaggregated by gender if programming is targeting both male and female-identified participants. Disaggregating data by gender will allow us to track changes in men and boys against changes in women and girls. To make significant progress towards primary prevention, it’s essential that men and boys attitudinal and behavioural shifts are captured.

We use the terms gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women interchangeably.

We want to avoid a “watered down” approach to GBV and ensure the safety, security and well-being of diverse women and girls lie at the core of the framework.

The NEF is not a stand-alone tool,

and we encourage its use in conjunction with methodologies tailored to the unique features of each program. For example, youth-friendly evaluation approaches should be implemented if working with younger groups.

To explore the national evaluation framework, and consider outcome areas and indicators which you can utilize for your GBV prevention program.

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