From Evidence To Action

The adoption of the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes Know Violence in Childhood's work very timely. Policymakers who are making the case for preventing childhood violence will now require extensive data and documentation. Know Violence in Childhood, with a unique body of researchers and academics, will be in a strong position to provide the evidence. As the research findings are finalised, the Initiative will spearhead diverse activities for evidence-based advocacy.


Regional and sectoral roundtables

Regional and sectoral roundtables

The Initiative has organized several regional and sectoral roundtables which have brought together key actors and policy makers across different sectors and countries to share the Initiative's learning and engage in concrete action towards violence prevention. They have helped establish and strengthen global networks that will go beyond the life of the Initiative to advocate for investments and actions to prevent violence in childhood. In 2015, Know Violence in Childhood organised two roundtables. The first, in July in Brazil, for Latin America focussed on homicide and was organised with the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety along with a higher education institution the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. The second, in September in Kazakhstan for Central Asia, focussed on the institutionalisation of children and was organised with the regional office of Penal Reform International.

In April 2016, the Initiative organised a regional roundtable in South Asia, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC). Experts from the region discussed the issue of violence experienced by children in the schooling process, and identified emerging lessons from work done across the region by governments and civil society organisations to prevent violence in schools.

In May 2016, the Initiative organised its first sectoral roundtable on Social Protection and Childhood Violence in collaboration with UNICEF Innocenti. This roundtable focused on the various ways social protection programmes can support violence reduction objectives. The roundtable identified some key pathways of impact for social protection programmes to reduce childhood violence but also highlighted the limitations in the available evidence and recommended further investment in developing better methodologies for measurement and impact evaluation.

In October 2016, the regional research network of Know Violence in Childhood, Learning in East Asia and the Pacific (LEAP) convened a meeting 'Developing research networks to strengthen evidence to practice in ending violence against children' in Bangkok, Thailand. An impressive body of work is already available in the region in the form of numerous baseline studies, rigorous systematic reviews and innovative policies and practices. The roundtable began with a review of the evidence on effective strategies that are operational within the region in the context of wider global learning, followed by a sharing of the substantial body of work completed or underway at the participating universities.Participating experts from different universities and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) recognised the need for informed policy making, prevention and care program specialists, reliable local data from epidemiological research, and improved system-wide capability to establish violence reporting systems.


Strategic advocacy partnerships

Strategic advocacy partnerships

Know Violence in Childhood has initiated strategic partnerships with a number of advocacy organisations to help them to better understand and utilise its research findings and deliver evidence-based messages and recommendations. The Initiative will work closely with the recently launched Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The Initiative also works closely with the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children, who is a member of the Steering Committee. In the coming months, the Initiative will partner closelywith other global organisations.

Know Violence in Childhood is now featured by Twitter as one of its safety partners in International Child Protection alongside organisations and peers such as ECPAT. In addition, Twitter has accorded the Initiative's social media handle with a verified badge. As a featured partner, Twitter will help promote Know Violence workshops, roundtables and events; produce co-branded handbooks and safety manuals to prevent violence perpetrated online.

Targeted opinion leader outreach

Participation in global events

Since its launch in 2014, Know Violence in Childhood and its team of commissioned authors and researchers have participated in many different global learning events. The Executive Director and the global team has consistently updated partners and stakeholders on findings and messages from the Initiative's learning, and haveemphasised the importance of regional bodies in strengthening measurement related to the prevalence, forms and drivers of violence in childhood as well as investing in effective monitoring and evaluation so as to learn from experiences within and across regions.

  • KVIC Partners - Public Health Foundation of India
  • KVIC Partners -University of Delaware
  • KVIC Partners - FXB
Supported by
  • Unicef
  • Benard Van Leer Foundation
  • Ikea Foundation
  • American Jewish world Service
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • End Violence
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