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The SVRI Forum 2011 will be hosting pre-conference workshops on Monday, 10 October 2011.



08h00-09h30 Registration
10h00-12h00 Morning Session
  • Workshop 1: Is Change Happening? Monitoring VAW Prevention for Activist Organizations. Presenters: Lori Michau and Jean Kemitare, (Raising Voices, Uganda)
  • Workshop 2: Trauma and Safety while Researching Sexual Violence Research. Presenters: Associate Prof Jan Coles and Prof Jill Astbury (Monash University, Australia), Ms Liz Dartnall and Ms Lizle Loots (SVRI)
  • Workshop 3: Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. Presenters: Dr. M.E. Khan (Population Council, India) and Dr. Ian Askew (Population Council, Kenya)
  • Workshop 4: Conducting Qualitative Research on Sexual Violence. Presenter: Prof. Linda Williams (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
12h00-14h00 Lunch Break
14h00-16h00 Afternoon Session
  • Workshop 5: Presentation skills (Publication Mentoring Workshop. Presenter: Prof Jill Astbury (Monash University, Australia)
  • Workshop 6: Integrating Sexual Violence Services: What is Required for Public Health and Other Key Sectors? Presenter: Dr. Nduku Kilonzo (Liverpool LVCT, Kenya)
  • Workshop 7: Challenges in Interviewing Men: Lessons Learned from the Men and SV Studies. Presenter: Dr. Gary Barker (Promundo, USA/LAC)
16h00-16h30 Tea

The following workshops have been confirmed:

Workshop 1: Is Change Happening? Monitoring VAW Prevention for Activist Organizations

Presenters: Lori Michau and Jean Kemitare, (Raising Voices, Uganda)

Many organizations are working in their communities to prevent violence against women. This social change work is often long-term, holistic and diffuse – which makes monitoring and assessing progress challenging for research and activist organizations alike. In activist organizations, typical monitoring involves counting the activities conducted or community members reached. Assessing impact often includes collecting large amounts of qualitative data which often lies dormant because of the challenges analysis and writing up of results. Few activist organizations have the technical skills to conduct rigorous process and impact research studies. Yet it is possible for activist organizations to gather and analyse information that is useful in shaping programs, demonstrating accountability to the community and our funders, improving program quality, and remaining aware of where the community actually is within a process of social change.

Raising Voices, in collaboration with the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has been developing, testing and refining simple tools for activist organizations that hold potential for meaningful assessment of community-based prevention efforts.  This workshop will expose participants to two simple new tools that are designed to assess process and impact. It will address questions such as: how can we measure the quality of activities? What are the key indicators along the way in VAW prevention? How can we move beyond individual level assessments toward monitoring community level shifts in knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours? The purpose of the workshop is to share tools that are being successfully used in monitoring community-based VAW prevention.

Workshop 2: Trauma and Safety while Researching Sexual Violence Research

Presenters: Associate Professor Jan Coles and Professor Jill Astbury (Monash University, Australia), Ms Liz Dartnall and Ms Lizle Loots (SVRI), Dr Shazneen Limjerwala.

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative is working to build an evidence- base for research on the impact and prevention of sexual violence. Working with victims of sexual violence can be difficult. The most effective way to support such research is to develop and retain a skilled research workforce but there is international literature gap on how best to support sexual violence researchers in different countries and contexts.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the positive and negative aspects of researching sexual violence, increase understanding of vicarious trauma and its potential impact and discuss practical steps to reduce researcher trauma. Through this interaction the facilitators will ensure that participants have the necessary skills to design and incorporate strategies to reduce researcher trauma in project design.

Workshop 3: Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Presenters: Dr. M.E. Khan (Population Council, India) and Dr. Ian Askew (Population Council, Kenya)

Well-designed projects that are informed by empirical evidence and designed to allow strong scientific evaluation are crucial if valid conclusions are to be made regarding their effectiveness. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are important components to any sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care service programme or intervention. It is essential for successful SRH policy and key in securing funds for sustainability of such programmes. Through this workshop, participants will gain knowledge of the fundamental principles and practices of M&E to ensure their service programme or intervention reached its goal by:

  • Defining programme evaluation and explaining different approaches to M&E.
  • Provide participants with knowledge and skills that they can use in managing interventions within SRH service.
  • Develop a logic model for programme implementation and learn to be able to monitor programme processes.
  • Identify and apply appropriate goals, objectives and indicators for monitoring and evaluating outcomes and results services, programmes or interventions.
  • Designing impact measures
  • Reporting to stakeholders and funders on project activities, results and impacts of the programme.


Workshop 4: Conducting qualitative research on sexual violence

Presenters: Prof. Linda Williams (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
High quality qualitative research is needed in order to better understand the impact and prevention of sexual violence.  Research and practice need to be informed by the voices of victims and others so that research is able to advance new theories and critically evaluate current approaches to prevention and intervention. The conduct of qualitative research on sexual violence requires not only an understanding of the design and conduct of such research using basic methodologically sound principles, but also requires careful consideration of a number of very challenging methodological issues.  These issues include:

  1. Ethical conduct of interviews with children and youth who are outside of the control of their parents or guardians and with participants who have experienced significant trauma;
  2. Recruitment strategies to maximize opportunities for interview and recontact success;
  3. Interview approaches, practices and techniques that maximize the comfort with the interview and willingness of the participant to honestly share experiences that are highly personal and behaviors that are high risk;
  4. Approaches that maximize safety for both the participant and the researcher;
  5. Maintaining confidentiality during the data collection, analysis and reporting.

Examples of the approaches used by the workshop leaders and others to address these challenges (with primary focus on interviewing techniques) will be presented and discussed along with next steps and new ideas for qualitative research involving story-telling groups, focus groups, social networking sites or other youth-friendly or culturally appropriate media.

Workshop 5: Presentation skills (For Mentees on the SVRI Publication Mentoring Programme)

Presenter: Prof Jill Astbury (Monash University, Australia)

As sexual violence researchers we aspire to expand the knowledge base of this public health and human rights problem but also to disseminate the findings of our research in the most effective way so that policies and programs will be better equipped to respond to the needs of victim/survivors. Dissemination can occur in many ways including reports and briefing papers to government and non government organizations, donors, national research funding bodies and the media as well as the more usual academic practice of publishing papers in peer reviewed journals or writing chapters in books.  However, it is when we present at conferences to audiences made up of our research peers, that we gain the most direct, immediate and hopefully constructive feedback on our research.

The time limits imposed on presentations at conferences, usually no more than 15-20 minutes, mean that we cannot simply cut and paste all the detail that is contained in a written paper. To do this will strain the attention of and confuse our audience and result in the critical elements and findings of our research being drowned out by those of lesser importance. While presentation skills include speaking clearly and audibly, not relying solely on PowerPoint or reading from it word for word, this workshop will focus more on how to structure your presentation. A well structured conference presentation will clearly inform and engage an audience by answering a set of questions. In this session, participants will be asked to workshop their own presentations in relation to questions posed by the facilitator. To prepare for the main presentation, participants will also be asked to question and critique one another’s presentations in a supportive and constructive manner.