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Curriculum Overview

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The full course will be delivered over four weeks.  A summary of the course content is below, however much of the flow and specific day to day content will be driven by the participants.  While instruction on running prevalence, surveys is central to the course and will not change, some of the components where emphasis is placed may change depending on need.  For example, if participants are particularly interested in measuring VAW with disabilities then a session may be dedicated to this.  At the time of drafting, the course covers the following:

Week 1:  Introduction to key concepts and forms of data for researching violence against women

This introduction will provide the ground work for preparing to measure VAW.  It includes: understanding of key concepts such as sex and gender, understanding the data on VAW countries might already be collecting and how it can be used, developing appropriate research questions and choosing methodologies to measure and respond to those questions, as well as preparing a national research strategy on VAW.

Week 2:  Planning and implementing a survey to measure the prevalence of violence against women

The second week will focus on planning and implementation of prevalence surveys:  from choosing and modifying a survey methodology (eg WHO or DHS module), budgets, preparing a research protocol, ethical and safety protocols, sampling strategies, planning for fieldwork, enumerator training and a mock survey trial.

Week 3:  Beyond prevalence surveys, other ways of measuring violence against women

In the third week participants will feedback on their work between course modules and explore data collection on VAW beyond prevalence surveys.  It includes other measurements methods such as qualitative research, but also exploring ways of reaching populations not usually included in more traditional quantitative and qualitative methods.  This week will encourage participants to consider measuring VAW among particularly vulnerable communities.  Site visits to organisations in Australia will be conducted.  We will also cover data management and analysis in preparation for Week 4 – data reporting.

Week 4:  From data to action:  Interpreting and reporting on violence against women for policy and practice

In week 4 we’ll take participants through the phases of reporting from initial data examination to conducting consultations with stakeholders and special interest groups, through to data analysis, interpretation and appropriate presentation.  We’ll look at specific ways to draw from data to create action, including promotion of key messages, managing resistance, reviewing national policies in the context of the data as well as ways of looking forward.


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