Linked closely to Wolverhampton University's Violence Against Women and Girls Research Cluster (VAWGRC), the ICRD also strides to make positive change in the same field. Please see below for some examples of the work we've achieved so far.
Commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council in January 2018, the aim of this two-year evaluation is to provide an independent evidence-based appraisal of whether and how the project has achieved its objectives of embedding sustainable change in three main strands of innovation in the City of Wolverhampton. The objectives of the evaluation are to understand the mechanisms by which the project engenders sustainable change in relation to VAWG services, to develop a Theory of Change to inform a measurement framework by collecting baseline data, to investigate how (and how effectively) the project is working - process analysis, and to measure key outcomes - impact analysis. The evaluation will take a mixed methods approach comprising key informant interviews and analysis of monitoring and performance data.
The Phoenix Project, a six-day project delivered by Geese Theatre Company, worked with survivors of domestic abuse using drama and theatre-based techniques. The project was commissioned by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre as part of their ongoing Creative Learning Strategy to support the community and education. The Haven Wolverhampton partnered in this group-work project by supporting recruitment of survivors of domestic violence to take part. A mixed-methods design demonstrated a meaningful positive change in participants’ wellbeing and improved wellbeing, increased confidence and self-worth, improved listening and communication skills, teamwork and sharing ideas, problem-solving and social engagement. Whilst short-term gains were demonstrated, we recommended the continuance of the project evaluation to investigate the long-term impact.”