Face-to-face Course

Course Details

This page provides an overview of the face-to-face course delivery program. The kNOwVAWdata course was originally designed as a face-to-face program and we maintain that this is the optimal learning model for this content. Since 2020 we have offered it as an Online Course. In 2023 we will be re-offering the face-to-face course option.

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 on completion of the course, awarded by the University of Melbourne.



Course duration

Four weeks,
Conducted in 2 × two-week blocks




August 2023

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.

2023 Course Information

Block 1


Dates: 21st August – 1st September 2023
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Venue: TBC

Block 2


Dates: October or November 2023 (Exact dates TBC)
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus)

2019 Course Photo Gallery

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 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.  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.


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

Fees (2019)

$4,200 AUD*

Full course per person

*Indicative fee for 2019

Fees for the 2019 face-to-face course

Payment will be due after acceptance to the course, but before the course begins.

Fees include:

  • Participation in the full 4 weeks face-to-face training intensive (two weeks in Fiji 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)
  • Melbourne – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation costs.

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 (two are currently under development: capacity building in administrative data sets, and best practice to measure violence experienced by children and young people)

Enquiries and Application

Applications for the 2023 face-to-face course are open. For further enquiries please contact knowvaw-program@unimelb.edu.au, or complete the enquiry form below.

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