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Matching cause and effect

Matching cause and effect

The ideal project is one where the problem identified and the solutions proposed are a perfect match. In other words, the actions you undertake should clearly contribute to solving the problem. That problem should be spelled out in clear terms. ‘Stopping sexual violence against children’ is too huge and widespread a problem to be ‘solved’ in one Daphne project, for example, but ‘contributing to ending sexual violence against children in six European countries by developing and encouraging self-protection mechanisms among children aged eight to 11’ could realistically be undertaken and results achieved in one year. In this example, clearly you would not design a public information campaign based on posters and TV spots; rather you would put together a participatory process to design educational materials based on thorough research already existing on self-protection for children, and pilot these first in one school in each partner country, before reviewing them and then producing and distributing them on a larger scale.

The kinds of actions that Daphne supports may change from year to year, but generally include research and data collection, networking and exchange of information and experience (sometimes called ‘capacity building’), targeted awareness-raising activities, support to victims and actions designed to prevent violence and protect those vulnerable to it. In describing the problem identified and what you propose to do to contribute to solving it, be sure to accurately describe the beneficiaries your project is designed to help. Give the age groups where appropriate and do not be tempted to exaggerate and put ‘children, young people and women’ because you think it will make your project look more impressive. And do your research; read as much current information as you can on the specific topic you wish to work on and try to take into account what is known both about the problem and the kinds of response that have been tried out to address it.

By the end of this step, you should be able to describe your project in one simple paragraph, along the lines: “This project will contribute to solving X problem facing Y beneficiaries in Z countries. It will do this by A methodology, resulting in B output.” For example: “This project will contribute to improving teachers’ and youth workers’ understanding of the impact of domestic violence on adolescents in five countries of southern Europe. It will do this by organizing focal groups of adolescents in schools and youth clubs to collect information and work with the young people to develop information modules designed for teachers and youth workers which will then be tested in each partner country. An assessment of the usability of the materials and increased understanding of the target group will be made and recommendations for next steps included in the final project report.”

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