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Mapping Policy Landscapes

Partner: Network of European Foundations

Challenge: In recent years, philanthropists, government, and other stakeholders have collaborated to establish several global initiatives intended to build knowledge on what works to prevent violence against women and children and communicate the research findings to policy and decision makers who could use it. The Network of European Foundations, which leads the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund, wanted to understand more about the priorities of these initiatives, and how they could best collaborate to maximize collective resources. 

Approach: We began by researching ongoing initiatives, and then interviewing 15 "knowledge brokers" from leading organizations working to prevent violence against women and children. These interviews helped us to learn more about their goals, their communications and advocacy activities, and where leaders believed more research and investment is needed to move the field forward. We then convened the knowledge brokers in Geneva to refine what we had learned and identify key opportunities for them to collaborate and align their work. The findings from this project are synthesized in a report released in May 2017. 

Results: The knowledge brokers highlighted that the convening and the report were invaluable in deepening their understanding of collective efforts to build and use knowledge on how to prevent violence against women and children. In particular, the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund used the findings to refine its communications and advocacy strategy.