Use monitoring and evaluation to inform programme design and implementation
Given the complexity of the justice sector, regular monitoring to assess how systems, policies, laws, and processes can be improved is important. Monitoring and evaluation should feed back into programming on a regular basis and should be designed to ensure that programmes are having the desired impact without introducing unintended negative consequences for women.
A Canadian project currently underway in three provinces (Ontario, British Columbia and Hew Brunswick) convenes Domestic Homicide/Fatality Review Committees when an individual case results in death. Reports are published annually and there is solid evidence that these careful examinations of what went wrong or what supports were inadequate is having a positive impact on system-wide reform. Download the 2009 report from Ontario in English
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