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A handbook for defining program theory and planning for
evaluation in the new evidence-based culture.
As part of a global movement to direct greater attention and resources to child protection, programmes aimed at reducing children’s exposure to violence are being implemented with increasing frequency across the world. These programmes are diverse and range from raising public awareness of the issues to widening and strengthening government policies and protective structures, improving children’s and families’ access to medical, therapeutic and legal support, and increasing children’s and parents’ protective skills.
This handbook is intended to help implementing agencies (e.g. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), development/foreign aid agencies, community-based organizations, not-for-profit agencies) make better use of existing research and plan for evaluation when designing and implementing child violence prevention programmes, and also to convey these intentions to potential funding organizations.
The principal aim of this handbook is to serve as a reference for agencies seeking to improve their ability to meet the current expectations of funding agencies. While they are primarily written for those who implement programmes aimed at reducing children’s exposure to violence, the information contained herein is applicable to a wide range of social problem interventions.