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The Tackling FGM Initiative: Evaluation of the Second Phase (2013-2016)

July 1, 2016

The Tackling FGM Initiative (TFGMI) has been working since 2010 to strengthen the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at community level. There were two phases of the TFGMI – Phase One from 2010-2013, and Phase Two from 2013-2016. Over the course of both phases, 51 organisations were funded with a total of £2.8 million invested. This evaluation report focuses on results achieved in Phase Two.Phase One of the Initiative produced a clearer understanding of 'what works' for community-based prevention of FGM in the UK context. This included working with women affected by FGM as 'community champions' to amplify the voice of survivors and people from affected communities, religious leaders and young people, and raising awareness of the health, and other harms of FGM, as well as the UK law. Gaps identified at the end of Phase One included the need to: strengthen rights-based approaches to ending FGM; further access isolated communities; enhance comprehensive responses to FGM by strengthening relationships with statutory agencies.In addition, within the TFGMI a small grants programme was initiated with funding from Comic Relief. This aimed to widen the impact of the TFGMI into further geographic areas, building on what had been learnt under Phase One.Overview of Programme Aims and Objectives:Both the Tackling FGM Initiative small and large grants programmes aimed to achieve the overall aims which were;-  To strengthen community-based preventive work to protect the rights of women and children- To reduce the risk to girls and young women in the UK of under-going genital mutilation in all its formsThe objectives of the TFGMI Large Grants Programme for Phase Two were:1. To strengthen work which promotes a rights-based approach to tackling FGM among affected communities.2. To undertake awareness-raising work with target audiences using the most effective messages for that group.3. To reach those who are most resistant to work which tackles FGM or those who don't normally access services or engage in community activities.4. To increase the skills and capacities within affected communities to speak out against FGM.5. To strengthen the capacity of community groups to engage with statutory agencies so that prevention of FGM among women and girls at risk in the UK is mainstreamed as a form of child abuse and violence against women.6. To strengthen the network of groups active in tackling FGM and work with policy-makers and partners locally contributing to a broader campaign to end FGM in the UK.The small grants programme had an additional four objectives, but these were subsumed into large grant objectives due to their similarities:-  Activist groups become more confident, more knowledgeable, and more skilled in championing issues within their communities (Objective 4 of the large grants programme).- Grassroots organisations and activist groups become more skilled in engaging with, and in lobbying the range of relevant statutory bodies for appropriate responses to the issue (Objective 5 of the large grants programme).- A more cohesive, more unified movement that embraces a range of stakeholders (small and larger groups) sharing learning and good practice in addressing this issue. (Objective 6 of the large grants programme).1. In addition, a specific aim of the small grants programme was to "reach more communities in more geographical areas and that more sections of these communities are reached, increasing the movement to stamp out FGM in the UK.'

Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants: Evaluation of Achievements

November 1, 2014

This is a summary of an independent evaluation of The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants by On the Tin Ltd. The SLF is a project of Trust for London, delivered in partnership with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Unbound Philanthropy and MigrationWork CIC.

Living Wage Special Initiative Evaluation Final Report

September 1, 2014

The £1 million Living Wage Special Initiative, launched by Trust for London in 2009, aimed to deliver "a step-change" in the number of employers signing up to the living wage and a consequent increase in the numbers of employees benefi ting from higher incomes. The Living Wage Special Initiative has used a combination of research, awareness raising and targeted campaigns, capacity building with other organisations in the voluntary and community sector to support the campaign and an accreditation process to provide formal recognition to employers adopting the living wage.This report brings together the final round of research on the Living Wage Special Initiative undertaken over the summer of 2013 and shortly after the Living Wage Week in November 2013 with our evaluation findings over the previous four years of the programme.

An Independent Evaluation of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

May 1, 2014

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants1 (SLF) was set up by the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund (DPOWMF) in 2011. When the Diana Fund closed down in late 2012, Trust for London agreed to take over the hosting of the SLF and provided additional funding with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a second phase (December 2012 to March 2014 initially, though this has now been extended).In 2012 an interim evaluation of the SLF concluded that it was achieving results, and suggested some changes of focus and operation for the future. One year on, the purpose of this further evaluation is: a. to identify the full range of outcomes, benefits and changes to which the SLF project has contributed in order to understand the value of what has been funded to date. b. to help Trust for London, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and other potential funders discuss and decide if and how they want to take forward the funding of strategic legal work on migration issues in the current climate. c. to take stock of the model being used to identify, assess, support and review SLF grants and learn lessons about this which can: i) help improve current ways of working; ii) enable decisions about how such a fund should be administered in the future. d. to stimulate discussions about the potential use of such a model in funding strategic legal work in other areas of law.

An Evaluation of The Dove Project

February 1, 2014

The Dove Project is a partnership project run by Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA), Newham Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) and Newham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The Project was launched in November 2012 as a 12 month pilot project funded by Trust for London. The Dove Project funding proposal states the project aim is to "strengthen psychological support for children and families affected by abuse linked to beliefs in witchcraft and spirit possession"i . Additional, intermediate aims of The Dove Project include i) increased awareness of witchcraft branding, ii) increased support to victims and their families and iii) increased access to a range of services.This document provides an evaluation of The Dove Project pilot from November 2012 to October 2013. TSIP agreed with Trust for London that this evaluation would focus on conducting a programme assessment of The Dove Project which assesses whether the Project was i) effectively designed (programme design) and ii) efficiently delivered (programme implementation).

Beyond Money: A Study of Funding Plus in the UK

September 1, 2011

This report examines different approaches to funding plus used by UK charitable foundations. In addition, the survey tries to uncover the principal benefits, challenges and risks of these approaches in order to generate practically useful learning about funding plus.In this regard, the research found that the funding plus field comprises a broad range of definitions, purposes and activity. Within this we were able to identify five overarching preconditions for success in funding plus:- strong personal relationships- good knowledge of grantees and the sector in which they operate- grantees that are ready and willing for an engaged relationship with a funder- bespoke rather than standardised or prescriptive approaches- careful and responsible management of power relationships between funder and grantee