Evaluating Programs that Prevent Violence Against Children

Faculty Member: Jacqueline Bhabha

This project documents and evaluates the community organizing models used by three Indian nonprofits to prevent harm to vulnerable children. Its aim is to develop a deeper understanding of strategies for preventing child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It is intended as a contribution to the nascent field of risk reduction in child rights work, and a corrective to the overriding focus on remedies that target already occurred violations of children’s fundamental rights. 

The study assesses the organizational practice of Aangan Trust, Child in Need Institute, and MV Foundation, and the results they achieve for vulnerable children aged 10-17. By both quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the innovative work of these three nonprofits (across a comparison and intervention site), this project hopes to develop an evidence-based case for increased investment in community-level preventative programs in India, and a rigorous methodological approach to “prevention science” that enables further global research in this field. It evaluates impacts across several metrics, among others, health outcomes, child labor, school dropout, child marriage, trust in service providers and uptake on government services. Harvard FXB is collaborating with UNICEF to create policy outputs based on results. 


Seeking a student research assistant to participate in quantitative analysis of data from an evaluation of the nonprofit CINI's community level work in West Bengal, India. The Research Assistant is responsible for conducting analysis and visualization of data collected from household level surveys conducted with primary caregivers and children ages 10-17 across two sites. 

Familiarity with statistical analysis software is required, preferably SAS. The Research Assistant will review the analysis plan together with the project lead and statistical consultant, and revise as needed. The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting analysis, with support and guidance, and then creating tables and data visualizations for a publishable report. The Research Assistant can co-author any publications resulting from this work. The Research Assistant must be able to work independently after receiving instruction, with regular check-ins with the project managers.

Expected 10 hours per week, 60-70 hours total.

 Required Skills:

  • Experience with quantitative research, data analysis and visualization
  • Familiarity with SAS (preferable) or STATA
  • Analytical thinker