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Evaluation with Law Enforcement Agencies in Tanzania, Lessons Learned  

10-17-2013 10:36

There is limited data in child protection interventions in developing countries, especially within law enforcement agencies. We evaluated a child protection program aiming at establishing child protection (CP) units and equipping the Police force with skills to protect children who need support and those in conflict with the law. We used a qualitative approach, employing the Most Significant Change technique and focus group discussions to derive lessons learned from implementers (police, judiciary, social welfare, health, education and prison departments) as well as community members (caregivers and village leaders).This led to Increased collaboration between implementers on the CP units reduced the number of children being held in custody and increased follow-up of child abuse cases at the district level. Increased CP unit intervention raised demand for services. We have learned that qualitative evaluation methods such as MSC and focus groups are feasible to evaluate sensitive subjects with law enforcement in developing country contexts.

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