Since 2015, with the financial and technical support of Universidad de los Andes and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we have been implementing three impact measurement studies of our 360 Degrees Model: a randomized controlled trial, which ends in 2020; a cost-benefit analysis; and a study of costs for inaction. These studies will demonstrate the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of our intervention, and will allow us to identify opportunities for improvement.
The preliminary results, obtained in 2018, give evidence of significant impacts in the short term. In particular, Arturo Harker, associate professor at the School of Government of Universidad de los Andes and one of the leaders of the project, highlights the following Average Treatment on the Treatment (ATT):
- Increase in the use of family planning methods: 8% effect on an average of 82% in the control group.
- Decrease in subsequent pregnancy: 51% effect on an average of 11% in the control group.
- Increase in birth weight: effect of 160 grams on an average of 3,000 grams in the control group.
- Increase in attendance at an educational establishment: 73% effect on an average of 39% in the control group.
- Increase in participation in the labour market: 17% effect on an average of 41% in the control group.
Furthermore, the cost-benefit analysis indicated, in 2017, that our intervention model is profitable for society in a period of 31 months. That is, the social benefits it generates exceed the cost incurred for its operation and grow exponentially from the second year and a half.
In addition, we were selected as one of the 10 winners of the Innovation on Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response Award granted by the World Bank and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative.
On the other hand, we seek to generate knowledge and evidence related to gender, childhood and poverty, through the investment in research and development, for the design and implementation of innovations in our programs. Therefore, we are collaborating in the implementation of the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS), an initiative of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that allows describing the prevalence of physical, sexual and emotional violence during childhood, besides characterizing epidemiological patterns of these phenomena and identify protective factors; and developing the International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) tool.