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December - Dual-Delivery
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This 1 week, face to face intensive subject draws on international best practice guidelines for measuring violence against women. It is an applied research subject designed to equip students with skills to collect data or conduct research and evaluation with women who have experienced violence. The subject will support students to understand the theory behind the research methods and develop appropriate skills to measure the prevalence, nature and extent of women’s experiences of violence; and to evaluate prevention and response programs to inform evidence-based practice and support funding applications. It will cover skills required to conduct and/or commission research in this sensitive area safely and ethically, thereby preventing further harm to families.
Specific topics that will be covered include: understanding the different ways that data is collected to measure women’s experience of violence including prevalence, reported incidents of violence, and qualitative reports of the nature, severity and impact of the abuse; understanding the important standard co-variables generally collected in order to obtain a more complete picture of the women’s circumstances; skills in conducting ethical and safe research in this area including recruiting, interviewing and post interview support; the strength of triangulating research to gain multiple perspectives; and realistic expectations of how to measure impact of a program and change in a woman’s life.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the risks involved in researching and collecting data from women who have experienced violence
- Describe the different forms of data collection commonly used to measure violence against women
- Outline the internationally accepted ethical and safety principles to be employed when measuring violence against women
- Identify the different types of violence and time frames used to measure the prevalence and experiences of violence against women, and understand why they are used
- Outline the common covariables generally collected to understand the severity and impact of violence on women
- Demonstrate appropriate interviewing skills for conducting research with women who have experienced violence
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of ethical and safe practices for research purposes
- Apply the principles of research for program evaluation purposes
- Appropriate data interpretation skills
- Advanced information and interpretation skills
- Advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
- Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through writing and in class exercises
Last updated: 8 May 2021