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Supporting activities

Multidisciplinary research

It is difficult to make policy and programmatic decisions without appropriate evidence about the topic in question. We have a team of experienced and curious multidisciplinary researchers and professionals who design and implement both research and evaluations. We also summarize existing evidence for academic, implementation and policy purposes. Examples of work under this activity include:

  • Research design and implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Literature reviews (academic and grey literature)

INTERVENTION Design/implementation support packages

Many NGOs or private businesses may be interested in introducing a project on e.g. menstrual cups, but have no idea where to start: how to do it? how to measure the impact? or estimate how much it would cost? We analyse your organisation’s activities and context, develop the relevant  tools, write up the intervention design, and train your staff on everything needed to get the intervention up and running. The goal is usually to fully integrate the intervention into the other work of your organisation, so that it builds upon existing structures and programming for minimal extra cost. Our intervention packages usually include the following:

  • Adapting our training curriculum to fit your context – both for training of trainers and training of intervention beneficiaries
  • In-process monitoring tools
  • Baseline/follow up evaluation tools (questionnaires/interview guides if needed)
  • Meeting guides
  • Toilet facility assessments using WoMena’s assessment tool
  • Training of trainers/implementing partners
  • Intervention design report

To come: We are currently working on partnerships to develop appropriate information materials for the cup recipients in local languages (e.g. fact sheet or cartoon explaining hygienic tips and use of the cup).

Communication and raising awareness to the general public

Public support and awareness about the issues and their solutions is key to generating support and financial resources, as well as reducing harmful stigmas. We contribute to creating awareness through the following:

  • Discussing MHM in online forums and other media
  • Supporting public awareness campaigns
  • Supporting development of written information materials for general public
  • Organisation of events

Policy briefs, stakeholder analysis and advocacy packages

Existing research is often not connected to policy change. A conducive policy environment is important in generating resources for addressing issues, as well as providing appropriate operational and regulatory frameworks. Policy reviews are important for understanding the existing policy environment and for identifying policy gaps or barriers to successfully address the issues. Stakeholder analysis is key in understanding who to influence and how, while advocacy materials need to target stakeholders as appropriate. We are currently preparing for this activity by building up (reviews of) the evidence base. Future work under this activity is expected to include the following

  • Policy reviews and stakeholder analysis
  • Policy and advocacy briefs
  • Action plans for bridging research & policy