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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

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  1. Cosc Awareness Grant Schemes 2009/2010

Cosc Awareness Raising Schemes 2009/10

 

The closing date for the 2010 Cosc Grant Scheme for Awareness Raising of domestic, sexual and gender based violence was 30th April 2010. Cosc are currently assesing the applications received and decisions will be notified to applicants during June 2010. As previously notified to all successful 2009 applicants, any organisation who received funding under the 2009 scheme and who has not completed their 2009 audit and evaluation returns by the closing date for the 2010 scheme will not be eligible to receive funding in 2010. 

In the 2009 Awareness Grant Scheme 251,000 Euro was allocated to 56 different groups throughout the country. The audit and evaluation of the 2009 Grant Scheme is nearly finalised. By the end of May 2010, the majority of these groups have returned the one- page evaluation sheet.

Having reviewed the evaluations on hand to date, the following observations may be useful to groups;

Medium Used to promote Awareness:

• Groups found personal contact – getting invitations to speak with various local groups both professionals and non professionals – was the most effective method of spreading awareness on issues relation to DV and SV;
• The majority of groups do their awareness work through the traditional methods using the print medium – Newspaper Ads, Leaflets, Business/Wallet sized  Cards, and posters;
• Of these the feedback is indicating that groups found the wallet sized cards to be the most popular – they are discreet and easy to store.  However they are limited in the amount of information that they can carry hence the message to be conveyed must be very clear in order to be effective.  Often they are used simply to convey service contact details;
• Some groups are experimenting further into the print medium with Christmas cards, Desk/Wall calendars and shop receipts; 
• Groups found that distributing posters, cards etc can stretch their resources both financial and personnel.  Having good databases for distribution is worth the effort in setting up and once done can be reused for future projects;
• Pens with Helpline details are proving popular and an easy tool to disperse;
• Local Radio ads proved very effective for groups who used these.  They can be more costly than the print media but groups managed in some cases to get discounts through local contacts. 
• The effectiveness of using local radio ads for one short concentrated time period such as the November 16 day period against spreading the ads over the full year but with much less regularity was raised by one group – for future projects;
• Personal contact can make the print medium more effective – following up the distribution of material with a phone call can make the difference between a poster being displayed and being left on the shelf.

Monitoring Tools:

• All groups use more than one tool and the most popular measurement was keeping data on helpline calls;
• Some groups were able to attach actual figures for comparative purposes;
• Some groups do not have 2009 annual statistics available yet;
• Some groups mention increases in calls, increases in personal callers but no actual measurements were supplied to back up these observations;
• Concern was raised by the level of print material (leaflets mainly) still unused by groups.