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Practice-based lessons for feminist, ethical, and evidence-based violence against women and girls prevention at scale

The UK FCDO funded ‘What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG): Impact at Scale’ programme (What Works II) seeks to systematically design, implement and rigorously evaluate a range of approaches to scaling violence prevention efforts--translating proof-of-concept evidence into robust, large-scale programmes and strategies. What Works is also identifying innovative

prevention interventions to test their impact on VAWG in areas where the evidence base remains weak.

As the What Works II programme began the competitive process to award funding for scale in 2022, the selection panel encountered difficulties identifying projects that could meet the necessary criteria for funding. This challenge prompted a reflection on the state of the VAWG prevention field and its readiness for scale. Our reflection produced six key findings, specifically around evidence and learning, funding mechanisms, and partnerships.

This paper is intended to contribute towards discussions on pathways for scale as part of the Wilton Park November 2023 meeting What will it take to end gender-based violence? Rethinking pathways to preventing violence at scale. Feedback on our experience and reflections is welcome.

For detailed information, please find the report linked below:

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