Stepping Stones and Creating Futures
Informal settlements across the eThekwini (greater Durban) area, South Africa.
Summary of Intervention / Research
Stepping Stones and Creating Futures aims to decrease the rate of intimate partner violence in urban informal settlements in South Africa. Three hour sessions are held twice a week over a two and a half month period with participants aged 18 – 24 years. The sessions are peer-led, interactive and participatory, and participants reflect on gender norms, conflict in relationships and developing livelihoods strategies.
Promising results from a formative pilot with 232 young people in 2012, which reported that after one year participants had higher earnings, more gender equitable attitudes and women reported less experience of intimate partner violence, have led to this randomised control trial (RCT) to be conducted by HEARD, enrolling 1,360 participants.
Alongside a quantitative evaluation the RCT includes an integrated cost effectiveness analysis of the intervention and a qualitative process evaluation to explore processes of change and barriers to change.
October - December 2015 - Baseline (control arm), completed
February - March 2016 and August to September 2016 - Baseline (intervention arm), completed
March 2016 to March 2017 – Intervention, completed
January 2017 – September 2017 - Midline (12 months), ongoing
January 2018 – September 2018 - Endline (24 months)
October 2018 - Final research report
Laura Washington, Director, Project Empower
Dr. Andrew Gibbs, Principal Investigator, SAMRC/HEARD