“IRISwe, tackling Gender-Based Violence in healthcare settings together”: On our 5th anniversary, we want to thank you for working with us to achieve our mission!
To finish our “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign, on the 9th of December, from 10 am to 11 am, we will be holding an online webinar where Dr Anna Dowrick and Dr Meredith K.D. Hawking will be presenting the main findings of the evaluation report: “The social value of improving the primary care response to domestic violence and abuse” and we invite you to join us!
In 2022, we celebrated our 5th anniversary. For this reason, from 25th of November to 10th of December, IRISi’s “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign will be themed “IRISwe: tackling gender-based violence in healthcare settings together”, a celebration of our efforts and our history alongside our partners and stakeholders. For this occasion, only, we will be changing our logo to “IRISwe” to mark the campaign.
Our goal is to look back to our last five years of work, present some of our most important achievements and share the challenges we have been overcoming to accomplish our mission to address gender-based violence in healthcare settings across the UK.
In order to do this, we will launch the results of “The social value of improving the primary care response to domestic violence and abuse: A mixed methods Social Return on Investment analysis of the IRIS programme”, an evaluation of the IRIS Programme that, once again, reinforces IRISi’s commitment to regularly review the evidence-base of its interventions.
This evaluation was supported by a grant received as part of the Health Foundation ‘Exploring Social Franchising Programme’, and it was conducted by Dr Anna Dowrick, Qualitative Researcher in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford; Dr Meredith K.D. Hawking, a Research Fellow in the Wolfson Institute of Population Health at the Queen Mary University of London; and Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, a Senior Research Fellow in the Violence and Society Centre at the City University of London.
“We decided to commission this evaluation to provide social franchise pilot sites with the kind of in-depth evaluation that we were often asked for. At the same time, we wanted to develop a kind of template or framework which addressed social value and social return on investment, which other sites will be able to make use of in the future”, explains Lucy Downes, IRIS Network Director.
Throughout the 16 days, we will be sharing the results of this study to explore how our flagship intervention, IRIS, has benefited general practice teams and, consequently, the lives of thousands of women who have experienced domestic abuse. To conclude our campaign, on the 9th of December, from 10 am to 11 am, we will be holding a webinar in which the researchers who conducted the evaluation will present the main qualitative findings. On the same date, we will also launch a booklet summarizing the main findings. This will be an open event and, if you want to join us, please register here.
We hope you enjoy learning about and getting involved with our campaign – especially if you already belong to the IRIS and ADViSE network, which means that you have been and continue to be an essential part of these achievements!
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