The AfriChild Centre is conducting an impact evaluation of the “empowering communities to protect children” intervention implemented by ChildFund for a period of three years in two sub counties, Matidi and Lagoro, in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda. The evaluation is funded by the Evaluation Fund.
The project goal was to promote violence-free communities by addressing protection needs of 3,000 children in two sub counties in Kitgum. The project utilised a community-based approach to preventing violence against children, promoting increased investment in the child protection sector and access to improved child protection services.
AfriChild completed qualitative and quantitative data collection and held engagements with policy makers to support integration of research findings into government programmes targeting children. The Centre also held community feedback sessions with community members to share the findings of study as part of the dissemination strategy.
To support research uptake in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), a reference group comprising of officials from Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Health, Uganda Police Forces, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Child Fund International, National Children’s Authority and the National Child Protection Working Group was constituted and held meetings to participate in the research process.