The ‘What Works to Prevent Violence – Impact at Scale’ Programme is a seven-year initiative funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to improve prevention and response to violence against women and girls. Building on the success of its predecessor (‘What Works 1'), the 'What Works 2' programme will invest £67.5 million to prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) by:

  • Identifying small-scale evidence-based approaches on prevention on VAWG that have proven to work and support them to scale up.
  • Systematically designing, implementing, and rigorously evaluating a range of approaches to scaling up violence prevention efforts, translating proof-of-concept evidence into robust, largescale programmes and strategies.
  • Designing, piloting, and testing new theory-driven violence prevention approaches (innovation).
  • Strengthening long-term capability and capacity to deliver cutting-edge, evidence-based violence prevention programmes across the programme’s grantees, the UK Government (principally FCDO), and developing country governments
  • Using evidence to influence a more effective, scaled-up global response to end VAWG.


The Programme will deliver this through three components:

  1. Implementation Consortium managing the overall programme, lead by the International Rescue Committee and managed by FCDO’s Gender and Equalities Department (G&E).
  2. Research and Evaluation Consortium delivering impact evaluations and operational research to identify what works in preventing violence, lead by the Global Womens Institute and managed by FCDO’s Research and Evidence Division (RED). The evaluations will focus on measuring impact and learning lessons from the interventions supported by the Implementation Consortium.
  3. Independent Evaluation providing regular, rapid feedback on programme management and impact to improve learning and performance during its lifetime, managed by FCDO’s Gender and Equalities Department (G&E). This component will be procured in 2022.


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