Square Pegs and Round Holes: Fitting research to community needs

“Start with good programming, then build research around it.”

Dipendra Sharma, Team Leader, Tipping Point

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Rohit Dhobi, 2 years old, is held by his grandfather, Shiv Pugan Dhobi, 43 years old. Shiv is the father of 20 year-old Mathura Dhobi

Anne Sprinkel and Dipendra Sharma from CARE’s Tipping Point project talk about the challenges in implementing RCTs, and the risk of sacrificing communities’ needs to the methodological rigor that researchers demand. “Make sure you have a good reason for doing an RCT,” says Sprinkel. They also have some great tips for managing expectations, clear communication, and just how long it takes to do it right (Hint: it’s a lot longer than you think).

Introducing the Tipping Point Spotlight

We’re excited to introduce the new Tipping Point Spotlight! This is a compilation of quarterly news, events and team updates across the United States, Nepal and Bangladesh. Every issue will offer a spotlight on one of our team members as well as exciting new resources for the work surrounding child marriage.

Click here to read the full October 2016-January 2017 Tipping Point Spotlight!

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Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) Report Release

41 experts in the field of adolescent development and sexuality programs gathered in New York on March 8-9, 2016, to discuss the control of sexuality in the context of CEFM. Participants—who included local, national and global program implementers, government representatives, philanthropic foundations, researchers and policy advocates—brought extensive and diverse expertise on the issues of sexuality and CEFM. The two-day meeting was hosted by American Jewish World Service (AJWS), CARE USA, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and GreeneWorks and held at Open Society Foundations.

To read the full report click the link below:

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CEFM Report

CPA Launch in Bangladesh

The results of the Tipping Point Community Participatory Analyses (CPA) Report were released in Bangladesh this week on August 13th. The release involved a meeting including the State Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Meher Afroze Chumki, and the CARE Bangladesh Assistant Country Director, Arshad Muhammad.

17 national daily and Bangla newspapers covered the launch event along with 5 TV channels and 5 online newspapers. Below are links to some of the media coverage in Bangla and English:

UNB – Planning, investment a must to end child Marriage – English

BSS – Comprehensive planning, investment demanded to combat child marriage – English

The Daily Prothom Alo: Child Marriage is one of the major stumbling blocks for development – Bangla

Poriborton – Bangla

Jamuna News – Bangla