Ending Violence Against Women & Girls

A Shared Research Agenda

To strengthen our understanding of violence against women and girls, and ultimately prevent it, research must be priority-driven and carried out in a way that provides a sound practical and empirical basis for programmes, policy and advocacy.

To drive this process forward, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative / SVRI and the Equality Institute with support from Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, are facilitating the development of a Global Shared Research Agenda on violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The detail;

Why is a Global Shared Research Agenda important?

  • To identify evidence gaps and highlight priority areas for research which can guide research expenditure and ensure precious research resources are spent effectively.
  • To assist researchers, funders, practitioners, and policymakers with research planning and fundraising.
  • To serve as an advocacy tool to signal to stakeholders the areas of research that have been identified as being important.
  • To serve as a monitoring tool for the field.

Thinking about a Global Shared Research Agenda

Developing a Global Shared Research Agenda is a complex process. Many forces influence what can be defined as a research priority, and research needs will differ from country to country and even within countries. Therefore, rather than provide a detailed list of research aims and objectives, the agenda will present a high-level overview of major gaps (i.e. among certain populations, regions, types of interventions or types of violence) and major questions that need to be addressed to advance the elimination of VAWG.

Through this work we are looking to elevate research that:

  • Facilitates improved responses to, and prevention of, VAWG;
  • Tackles head-on the need to redress inequalities and hierarchies in global research that currently sees most research resources and capacity in HICs;
  • Values multiple forms of evidence and knowledge production;
  • Provides a sound practical and empirical foundation for interventions, policy and advocacy programmes within countries, and at regional and global levels.

The Process

The Global Shared Research Agenda to end violence against women and girls is currently in development. Participatory processes will be used to ensure the inclusion of diverse voices from across the VAWG research, practice, funding and policy-making fields, which will ultimately result in an expanded evidence base for VAWG prevention and response.

Steps being taken:

  1. Review of existing literature and resources
  2. Generation of a list of key stakeholders working in the field
  3. A series of consensus-building dialogue workshops and webinars with key stakeholders
  4. Survey with stakeholders to generate a list of key gaps in the field and to identify the areas they think are potential research topics to drive the agenda over the next 5 years
  5. Scoring and ranking of questions generated on the likelihood of the research generating an intervention or solution that:
  • Addresses an existing gap
  • Is deliverable, affordable and sustainable
  • Will lead to a substantial reduction in VAWG
  • Is ethically implementable
  • Builds on the existing evidence base of promising or effective practices
  1. Workshop / webinar presenting and validating results
  2. Publishing and wide dissemination of the results in different formats for different constituencies

The process has begun with a broad scoping review. The Shared Global Research Agenda is expected to be available in early 2021.

“A shared research agenda will advance the field in a more systematic way, ensure that research and funding efforts make the best use of limited resources, and over time serve as a monitoring tool for the field, helping us to continuously map progress.” - Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI.

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