Funder: National European Foundations: Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund
Principal Investigators: Henry Parada, Susan Silver, Mike Burke, Irma Molina (Research Assistant)
Dominican Team: Julia Hasbun (Dominican Coordinator)
Centres for the Integral Attention of Children in the Dominican Republic (CIANIs) and Local Community Organizations for Child Protection (LCOCP) are the two community-based programs that will be evaluated. CIANIs operate on the widely accepted theory that healthy early child development is critical and influences outcomes throughout the life course, and promote prevention through enhancing parental capacity, improving parent-child relationships and family functioning, and strengthen communities to support families. LCOCPs complement and extend the work of the CIANIs by monitoring and reporting, peer support and surveillance, and conduct public education and community outreach. Consequently, these two interventions intend to effect change at the individual/family level as well as at the community/societal level. The CIANIs are established in their local communities and ready to be evaluated, while the LCOCPs have been more recently implemented and are ready for the identification of early outcomes. These interventions form a national strategy of violence prevention against children, and thus demonstrating their effectiveness is critical. This evaluation is a participatory partnership that includes the National Council for the Protection of Children (CONANI) representing the CIANIs and LCOCPs.