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Gender-Based Violence Tools Manual: Assessment Tools

By: RHRC Consortium

The assessment tools included in this section are intended to help you efficiently and effectively gather information about community attitudes, capacities, and practices related to gender-based violence (GBV), including obstacles to addressing GBV in your setting. All of the tools should be applied according to participatory methods, essential for building community involvement and engagement from the beginning of your intervention.

When trying to understand behaviors related to a particular situation or setting, it is important to remember that people’s perceptions and attitudes about GBV are often variable and subject to change over time. The first assessment, or baseline assessment, is critical to designing and implementing GBV programming. Baseline assessments are typically conducted quickly (hence, the term “rapid assessment”) in order to respond to a specific research need. Very often baseline assessments have the added value of introducing issues related to GBV prevention and response into communities where such issues were formerly unrecognized, and as such can be a community education as well as an information gathering strategy. Subsequent periodic assessments using the same tools and methodology allow you to monitor changes in your environment and adjust programming accordingly.

As is the case in all research, but is perhaps even more critical when addressing sensitive or stigmatized topics such as GBV, the more trusting the relationship between researchers and assessment participants, the more likely individuals and groups will feel comfortable giving accurate information during assessment interviews. Thus, any assessment efforts must prioritize techniques that engender community and individual trust.b

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Uploaded on: Dec 06, 2017
Year Published: 2004
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