For the Child Abuse Programme, learning is not an isolated function or an end in itself. Learning is one of the strategies through which Oak Foundation can support improvements in programming and policy-making in the field of child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Ideally, learning combines evidence from practice and academic research and is enriched by the connection and interplay of both. In Oak's view, combining the rigour of academic thinking with the wisdom and experience of practitioners, and recognising expertise from both the north and the south, are key to the generation of credible, relevant and accessible learning.building and finding evidence of what intensions are most effective and used in different context is central to learning. Having evidence gives practitioners the evidence to scale up interventions or undertake advocacy to influence policies and practices.
Through support to learning we hope to contribute to the development of evidence that resonates with and supports Oak's partners in their quest to implement effective programmes. Learning will help us better target our investments in the sector to positively impact the lives of children. our hope is that it also informs and strengthens the child protection sector as a whole. For Oak, this commitment to learning is reflected in three distinct strands of work:
- Framing and investing in learning through grants on priority issues identified with partners. These make up oak's learning agenda.
- Encouraging learning in other related priority areas that have emerged from over ten years of grant-making.
- Encouraging better monitoring and evaluation of all of the projects Oak supports, to contribute to the pool of practice-generated learning on sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.