Learning and Evaluation
This is where you can access learning from evaluations commissioned by Comic Relief on the Tech vs Abuse programme.
Tech vs Abuse Evaluation 2019
In 2017, Comic Relief commissioned Ecorys to evaluate the first round of grants made under Tech vs Abuse. The findings were published in a final evaluation report in 2019 which includes a process review of the structure of the grant as well as the impact of additional support provided to funded partners. It also includes a review of progress towards programme outcomes, the journeys of the funded partners' projects as well as recommendations for funding social tech projects within the domestic abuse space.
See the following summary report for a condensed version of the key findings.
Tech vs Abuse Research Study 2017
Overall, this research identified that technology is playing a hugely positive role for a small proportion of women, as well as those practitioners who feel confident to provide online support or advice on how to use technology safely.
However, in the vast majority of cases, both practitioners and survivors could recount many negative experiences in using technology themselves or in perpetrators of abuse using technology.
Based on the findings, Comic Relief launched a grants initiative in 2017 to address these five design challenges.
The first round of the Tech vs Abuse funding call was funded jointly through the Tampon Tax Fund, a partnership between Comic Relief and HM Government, and the Big Lottery Fund, to create a fund of over half a million pounds for projects focussed on technological innovation and creative digital solutions, which improve the safety of women and girls affected by domestic abuse. Read more here.