21-23 March 2017, PAHO, Washington DC

Background

INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children is a multi-agency technical package
aimed at advancing national efforts to implement, monitor and evaluate evidence-based approaches
to preventing and responding to violence against children. Each letter of the word INSPIRE stands for
one of the strategies, which are:

  • Implementation and enforcement of laws
  • Norms and values
  • Safe environments
  • Parent and caregiver support
  • Income and economic strengthening
  • Response and support services
  • Education and life skills

As noted in the core INSPIRE document, "monitoring INSPIRE means demonstrating both the uptake
and the outcomes of the seven strategies via a specific set of indicators. To this end, process
indicators to track the extent to which each of the seven INSPIRE strategies are being implemented,
and outcome indicators to assess the effect they are having on the prevalence of violence against
children are currently being developed" (p. 90, https://bit.ly/2ly9int).

In March 2016, a first expert meeting to discuss these indicators was convened by UNICEF and WHO
at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. This meeting helped to clarify the multiple perspectives held
by different agencies on the question of indicators. Subsequently, UNICEF and CDC-WHO prepared
draft indicator documents, which as of 23 February are being jointly reviewed by the three agencies
with the aim of presenting a unified set of indicators for consideration at the 21-23 March 2017
consultation. Input to this process has also been provided by several other INSPIRE core agency
partners, notably PAHO and Together for Girls.

Aims

The main aim of the consultation is to agree upon indicators for measuring the coverage and impact
of INSPIRE. A secondary aim is to specify the next steps in reviewing the agreed upon indicators with
the broader INSPIRE implementation working group, and developing a strategy for piloting their incountry
measurement. A unified set of draft indicators reflecting CDC-WHO-UNICEF consensus will
be forwarded to participants ahead of the meeting, for discussion during the meeting.