Governments and partners use the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) Data to Action process to strengthen prevention, healing and justice.
countries used VACS data to inform policy and programmatic action
countries added/amended existing child safety laws and/or regulations
countries banned corporal punishment
countries banned child marriage
% of the world’s population under 24 represented by VACS data
adolescents and young people between 13 to 24 years participated in VACS surveys
Effectively addressing violence against children and youth requires understanding the magnitude and nature of the problem and responding with a coordinated, multi-sector approach that builds systems for prevention and response including services for survivors:
The Data to Action (D2A) process starts when a country decides to implement a Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS). The VACS are led by national governments with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, as part of the Together for Girls partnership. See our country partners to learn more.
For details about the survey implementation process, led by national governments with support from the CDC, see About the VACS.
After data collection, the government and other key stakeholders use VACS data and the INSPIRE framework to identify opportunities for improving policies and/or programs. This work is supported by VACS partners, including CDC, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and national civil society organizations. Activities include:
The government and VACS partners share preliminary results with relevant government sectors, civil society organizations and development partners to ensure multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder engagement in the post-VACS Data to Action process
Data to Action workshops bring together stakeholders from multiple sectors to review VACS findings and identify priority issues shown by the data, as well as possible strategies for addressing those issues.
The workshop is a step in a longer process of translating the VACS results into meaningful prevention and response policies and programs.
The successful dissemination of findings from the VACS brings increased attention to violence against children. It helps raise awareness about this issue among diverse stakeholders, including other government sectors, civil society, development partners, the media and the general public.
The launch of the VACS report, usually led by the lead government agency, is a key component of the dissemination strategy.
In every country, VACS results have informed plans, policies, and strategies to address violence against children. Some countries choose to integrate violence prevention measures into overall development strategies, improve existing plans and policies related to children or develop stand-alone national plans to prevent and respond to violence against children.
Some countries that conduct a VACS choose to develop a new or adapt an existing National Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children (NAP). Many countries that develop a NAP are also pathfinding countries of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
This resource provides evidence that VACS data and associated processes contribute to meaningful policy change and action to end violence against children and adolescents and gender-based violence.
Explore this study on peer-reviewed research which used Violence Against Children and Youth (VACS) data or mentioned the VACS.
Explore the results from a secondary analysis of VACS data by Together for Girls, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Global Affairs Canada.
Linking Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action: CDC and the Together for Girls Partnership is intended to serve as a guide for countries and Together for Girls partners interested in undertaking VACS and supporting data-informed actions to address the burden and consequences of violence against children and youth.
Learn more about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), including background on the process for implementation, details about the type of data found in the surveys, and information on where the surveys have been conducted so far.
Learn more about sexual violence against children, adolescents, and youth with data from the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), including data on prevalence and perpetration.
This document builds on The Together for Girls Partnership: Linking Violence Against Children Surveys to coordinated and effective action, consolidating lessons learned from countries undertaking the national action planning process.
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