Case studies 2017

Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas Project

Organization/client: Red Cross Canada

Year: 2017

In February of 2017, IWORDS Global was appointed to evaluate the Canadian Red Cross project  “Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas Project,” implemented in Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica and Colombia and to document lessons learned. Our assignment focused on the prevention and response to violence component implemented in this first phase of the project which ran between 2013 and 2016 in these three national societies. It was conducted under the principles of inclusion and participation, maximizing rigor without compromising relevance, executing with a purpose, protection of all parties involved, and adherence to evaluation standards recommended in the IFRC Framework for Evaluation. The framework also established the criteria for the assessment, namely relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, efficiency, and exportability. Our team proposed a methodology that combined traditional and participatory approaches, employing methods such as the “Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Review” (PEER Review) and the Most Significant Change (MSC), in order to build the capacity of the people involved. The evaluation was conducted to collect quantitative and qualitative information through: in-depth review of documentation; semi-structured interviews; focus groups and in-field collection of secondary information.

Toolkit Deliver+Enable:  Scaling-up Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

 Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

 Year: 2017 

IWORDS was hired to develop a toolkit for the delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education for children, adolescents and youth in non-formal and formal settings, as well as enabling others to develop, implement and monitor CSE interventions in their contexts. The purpose of the assignment is empower children and young people to uphold their own rights and the rights of others enabling them to make decisions about their health and access key SRH and enhancing their capacity to engage in equal, happy, healthy, fulfilling and consensual relationships and experiences.

The toolkit is primarily intended for use by youth programmers and project coordinators, staff members and volunteers involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of CSE initiatives, peer educators and other community based volunteers.  It can also be used by other SRH organizations, programmers in CSE and education (public and private) and the broader development community, including United Nations agencies. Whilst developing this toolkit, the team took into consideration the needs, cultural diversity and challenges of each context, acknowledging that, based on the characteristics of the population, some countries or regions needed to expand on some contents; or that the way to introduce a sensitive topic may vary, depending on the account of social barriers.

 The Harm and Risk Reduction Model against Unsafe Abortion in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT): Guidelines for Service Providers

 Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

 Year: 2017

IWORDS Global was approached by IPPF to provide Technical Assistance to the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA) in developing an institutional policy and programme procedures and guidelines for the implementation of a harm and risk reduction approach to safe abortion programming and service delivery, adapted to the Palestinian context. The harm reduction approach is both an evidence-based public health model and a rights-based model that consists of a set of strategies and ideas aimed at preserving health and reducing the negative consequences of prohibited or stigmatized practices and behaviours.

The aim is to provide explicit directives on operational procedures and guiding principles for providing services to women whose motive of consultation is unwanted pregnancies. IWORDS provided assistant in the adaptation of technical guidelines adjusted to this specific context. These guidelines were based on a wide range of documents developed by IPPF West Hemisphere Region as well as Iniciativas Sanitarias (Uruguay) and other IPPF Member Associations and partners in Latin America and Africa. They are addressed primarily to PFPPA service providers offering harm reduction services, and managers and supervisors of the services.  Partner organizations, including governmental entities, other non-governmental organizations and community groups are also expected to benefit from the contents of this publication. Extensive dialogue and in-country work with the local partners was necessary to discuss and draft all relevant materials and to develop a harm reduction policy and programme for PFPPA.

Additional Translation and Interpretation Projects

Organization/clients: Several

Year: ongoing

The IWORDS Global technical and translation team has supported diverse organizations, both local and international, agencies and networks that work on development, rights and sustainability on the translations of reports, evaluation instruments, internal documents, training guides, lessons learned documents, and more. Among are clients are some of the leading organizations in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the world. We are honored and proud to support the work of organization such as: The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Evidence to Action, SeaChange, Planned Parenthood Global, Ibis Reproductive Health, and many more.

IWORDS Global’s professional team of interpreters have rendered their services at events dedicated to rights, development and sustainability between 2015-2016, including the Social Entrepreneurship Event organized by IPPF, Stigma and Abortion Event organized by SeaChange and Ibis Reproductive Health, Training of Counselors on Interventions on Unwanted Pregnancy in Uganda organized by the IPPF/WHR, and many more.

Ongoing translation services

 Organization/client: International Women Health Coalition (IWHC)

Year: 2015- ongoing

IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding.  Since 2015, IWORDS Global has provided specialized translation services for advocacy related materials.  Over 100,000 words have been translated/edited by our highly qualified team of translators in the combinations EnglishóFrench, EnglishóSpanish and EnglishóPortuguese.

Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region

Year: 2014 – ongoing

The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region -IPPF/WHR works with 50 partner organizations, in 40 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean.  Their local partners are autonomous, local organizations aiming to ensure the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive rights for all, including universal access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education. Since 2011, IWORDS Global has provided specialized translation services for sexual and reproductive health and rights materials, legal documents, quality of care and technical guidelines and other institutional documents. Over 2 million words have been translated, transcribed and copy-edited by our highly qualified team of translators in the combinations English ó Spanish and Englishó Portuguese.   

Organization/clients: Several

Year: ongoing

The IWORDS Global technical and translation team has supported diverse organizations, both local and international, agencies and networks that work on development, rights and sustainability on the translations of reports, evaluation instruments, internal documents, training guides, lessons learned documents, and more. Among are clients are some of the leading organizations in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the world. We are honored and proud to support the work of organization such as: The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Evidence to Action, SeaChange, Planned Parenthood Global, Ibis Reproductive Health, and many more.

IWORDS Global’s professional team of interpreters have rendered their services at events dedicated to rights, development and sustainability between 2015-2016, including the Social Entrepreneurship Event organized by IPPF, Stigma and Abortion Event organized by SeaChange and Ibis Reproductive Health, Training of Counselors on Interventions on Unwanted Pregnancy in Uganda organized by the IPPF/WHR, and many more.