Research to inform adaptation: An IPV case study from Rwanda - Erin Stern

How do we re-implement programmes in new contexts while maintaining core goals, delivery techniques and intensity? Frequent mismatches often arise between the priority population, implementing agency and local community, and those of the original programme*, but we need to bridge the gap between proof-of-concept pilots and broader application.

In this case study, a programme to prevent intimate partner violence in Rwanda – Indashyikirwa – being implemented by CARE International Rwanda, Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) and Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) - involved adaptations from the highly effective SASA! programme in Uganda and Journeys of Transformation in Rwanda. The presentation highlights how process and evaluation research of Indashyikirwa informed adaptation, including pre-testing the curricula, identifying and addressing implementation challenges and using social norms research to design messaging for community activism.

The presentation covers:

  • An overview of the value of, and steps towards, effective adaptation
  • Why and how adaptation of Indashyikirwa was informed by research
  • Key challenges in adaptation and lessons learned
  • Top tips for adapting programmes to different contexts

Dr Erin Stern has nine years of experience in gender and health qualitative research, programming and teaching with specialisation in prevention of gender based violence, gender transformative evaluation, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and masculinities. She has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Dr Stern has conducted research for programme formation and evaluation for various organisations including Oak Foundation, Sonke Gender Justice, KMG Ethiopia, AIDS-Free World and Johns Hopkins Health and Education, South Africa. She is a Research Fellow with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, coordinating a process and impact evaluation of the intimate partner violence prevention programme Indashyikirwa, as part of the global What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme.

Download the presentation pdf here.


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