Colombia INSPIRE Coordination Course

April 2021- June 2021


An online learning opportunity building policy planning skills to develop National and Territorial Action Plans aligned with INSPIRE: Seven evidence-based interventions to end violence against children.


Eliminating violence against children (VAC) is a global imperative as mandated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving the ambitious violence-related SDGs requires evidence. International agencies have demonstrated unprecedented agreement creating a common evidence-based framework to address VAC called INSPIRE: Seven Strategies to End Violence technical package.


In August 2019, Colombia became a  Pathfinding Country as part of the National Government’s effort and long-term strategy to end violence against children by 2030.  Working with the End Violence Partnership in partnership with the End Violence Lab, at the University of Edinburgh, this course will build the skills needed to effectively implement, scale up and monitor INSPIRE strategies.  


Colombia National INSPIRE Coordination Training


Adapting and implementing evidence-based prevention interventions in different contexts around the world is a challenge faced by national and local level by governments and non-government organizations wanting to use the INSPIRE package.


This participatory and interactive course is co-designed with the End Violence Lab, the National Alliance to End Violence Against Children and Adolescents of Colombia, and multisectoral partners. It has been tailored to meet national needs and priorities aligned with INSPIRE.


This online training brings national and international facilitators together to advance understandings on how to use the INSPIRE framework for violence prevention including the foundations for INSPIRE, implementation and adaptation of INSPIRE, monitoring and evaluation of INSPIRE and scale-up of INSPIRE.


Who attends?


This course is designed for policy- and decision-making authorities engaged with implementation, monitoring and scale-up of INSPIRE interventions. It is expected that two representatives from each of Colombia’s 33 Departments, will attend. Depending on the module content, the departmental governments can invite other members of their team to participate.


How the course works?


  • This 15-modules online course will be delivered on the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF) online platform. 
  • Participants will be asked to briefly review the weekly content before each session (10-15 mins) and bring their own examples and knowledge from the field to encourage peer-to-peer learning. 
  • Learning will occur through online (synchronous) and offline (asynchronous) activities facilitated by local and international facilitators.

How will we know that course objectives have been met?


By the end of the course, participants will have tools to enhance the process of preparation of the Departmental Plan of Actions that meet national interests and priorities and is adapted to the local context. The End Violence Lab will be tracking progress through ‘real-time’ learning and evaluation to ensure participants get what they need to build effective INSPIRE strategies into their plans.



Contact Karina Padilla at Karina.padilla@ed.ac.uk or Gustava Romero at alianzanacional@icbf.gov.co with any enquiries.

Course Coordinators

Dr. Deborah Fry

Senior Lecturer in Child Protection and Co-Director of the End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh

Dr. Catherine Maternowska

Data and Evidence Lead, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Co-Director of the End Violence Lab

Jaime Matute

Advisor, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare

Dr Michael Gallagher

Lecturer in Digital Education and Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh

Karine Padilla

Ph.D (cand) at the University of Edinburgh and course concierge

Mara Tissera Luna

Colombia INSPIRE Coordination Course Evaluation Consultant

Rosa Irene Schielzeth

 Professional translator and interpreter