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Learning from Practice: Approaches to Capture and Apply Practice-Based Knowledge

Practice-based knowledge (PBK) is currently under-used and under-valued in violence prevention programming and in building the global evidence base. This is in part due to biases of knowledge in the field that create a hierarchy of knowledge – prioritising quantitative research methods above other methods of data collection and types of knowledge creation. This is also due to the fact that PBK is not often formally documented or verified, nor synthesised and applied on a larger scale by practitioners themselves.

This brief provides reflections and practical tips for practitioners and
activists (e.g. field staff, volunteer and community workers at the frontline of programme implementation, social change agents and movement builders) on how to collect, document, analyse, share and apply practice-based knowledge to programming to prevent violence against women and their children (VAW/C).

Key Issues

  • What are the key principles of building an inclusive and effective system to learn from practice?
  • Which tools and processes can be used to document, analyse and synthesise PBK?
  • How can learning from PBK be applied in practice?
  • How can we build learning organisations and how donors can support this?
Date published
  • 2019
  • Selina Palm
  • Alison Clowes
Published by The Prevention Collaborative