Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund: Second round of grants awarded
The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund has announced the results of its second round of funding. From 252 concept notes submitted in response to a call for propoals in November 2012, a panel of experts subsequently asked 25 applicants to submit full proposals. Grants totalling €757,166 have now been awarded to eight applicants.
The Fund aims to reduce violence against children by funding quality evaluations of violence prevention and child protection interventions in low- and middle-income countries. These evaluations are expected to generate a solid evidence base that will be used to improve child protection programming and policies.
The initiative is supported financially by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Oak Foundation and UBS Optimus Foundation, and organised by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations. The first round of funding, in 2011, led to the receipt of 479 concept notes and the awarding of nine grants totalling €758,885.
Award recipients can take advantage of additional support through a mentorship programme, to help them develop evaluation instruments and monitor progress. We are expecting results from the evaluations to come in during 2015.