Face-to-face Course

Course Details

The kNOwVAWdata face-to-face training course is a four-week program, conducted in two-week blocks. Each block builds on the one before and therefore participants need to commit to the full program.

All participants receive a professional development certificate awarded by the University of Melbourne on completion of the course.



Dates 2024

Block 1:
5-16 August
Block 2:
30 September – 11 October


Applications now open for the 2024 Face-to-face course

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Course duration

Four weeks,
Conducted in 2 × two-week blocks

Online course: Looking for an online course delivery format? Find out more about the Online Course option, or keep reading below to learn about the face-to-face course.

2024 Course Information

Block 1


Dates: 5-16 August 2024
Location: Fiji 
Venue: TBC 

Room rate for workshop:  TBC


Block 2


Dates: 30 September – 11 October 2024
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: Graduate House, University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus)

Fees (2024)

$2,225 USD or
$3,500 AUD (excl. GST)

Discounted full course fee per person

A limited number of full and partial equity-based scholarships are available for people from LMIC. Please indicate on your application if you are interested in being considered.

Payment is due after acceptance to the course and before the course begins.

Fees include:

  • Participation in the full 4 weeks face-to-face training intensive (two weeks in Bangkok and two weeks in Melbourne), delivered by University of Melbourne researchers and national and international guest lecturers
  • Access to an online learning portal and all course materials
  • 4 hours of post-course mentoring and support
  • Post-course membership of the online community of practice for measuring violence against women

Fees do not include:

  • Passport
  • Fiji and Australia visa fees
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical preparation
  • Local transport costs outside of course or travel for personal reasons during course
  • Fiji – Breakfast, dinner and accommodation costs (lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided on week days of the course)
  • Melbourne – Breakfast, dinner and accommodation costs (lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided on week days of the course)

Where do the course fees go?

Development of the kNOwVAWdata face-to-face and online courses were supported by UNFPA with funding from Australian Aid. The program has been designed to ensure the course is self-sustaining so that donor funds are not required long-term, and that the course can be continually updated.

Participant fees are charged at the minimum amount for the program to be self-sustaining and reinvested to cover:

  • teaching salaries
  • ongoing development of the course and course materials, including contribution from international experts and previous course participants
  • coaching of local and regional leaders to become mentors and teachers in the course
  • localising course mentorships
  • development of additional modules

Curriculum Overview

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 more sessions 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.  This 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.  For those who are interested, sessions on data analysis for SDG reporting will be offered.


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.

Download an example of the kNOwVAWdata face-to-face course curriculum from October 2019

Hear from our students

Gina Houng Lee
2021 course participant, Fiji

Hear from Gina Houng Lee, one of our alumni course participants, talk about her experience and what she gained from the kNOwVAWdata course.

2019 Course Photo Gallery

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023 face-to-face course are now closed. To apply for the 2024 face-to-face course, click the link below. Alternatively, to lodge a paper application, please complete this form and return it to knowvaw-program@unimelb.edu.au.

For any questions or enquiries, complete the course enquiry form below.

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