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Ending child marriage: what does the latest evidence say?

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm, 30th January 2018


Since the landmark review of Solutions to End Child Marriage in 2011, we have seen lots of new research on what works to end child marriage. What have we learned from recent evidence reviews? And what are we will missing? Here is a recap from a webinar we held on the issue:

There is no silver bullet when it comes to ending child marriage

A number of different approaches have proven effective, but the best one will depend on your context and population. Combining different approaches in an integrated “package” is more effective than a single intervention.

Measuring progress on child marriage must go beyond the age of marriage

Change takes time and indicators used to measure progress must go beyond age of marriage alone.  Indicators which look at girls’ agency and decision making power within marriage are also important.

Programme designers and donors should base programmes on evidence

This means,

  • Reviewing evidence of what works and what doesn’t to avoid replicating ineffective approaches.
  • Designing programmes to respond to drivers and influencers of change in that context.
  • Recognising the fact that an approach worked in one place doesn’t mean it will work elsewhere.
  • Focusing on the quality (e.g. who is delivering the programme, how well trained are they, etc.) and intensity (e.g. how often, over what length of time) of the implementation.
  • Documenting and evaluating the implementation of programmes to better understand the impact they have.

We need more evidence in areas where there are gaps

Few studies have looked at what works at scale, or how much successful programmes cost. There is also a lack of high quality evidence on community based interventions and interventions to change social norms.

We need to build monitoring and evaluation into programme design, and we need stronger evaluations of what works and doesn’t work

Knowing what doesn’t work is just as important as knowing what works but these results are less likely to be published and shared. We need to document and share failures, not only to focus investment on what works but so that others can avoid making the same mistakes.

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