Impact Evaluation of the Mobile Victim Care Unit in Colombia (UMAV)

Project: Research project

Description

In 2012, the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Ombudsman's Office, and the Victims Unit created, within the framework of the Law on Victims and Land Restitution (Law 1448), a Mobile Unit for Attention and Orientation to Victims of the Armed Conflict (UMAV) as a strategy to increase access to justice for victims of the conflict, especially in peripheral areas traditionally controlled by illegal armed groups.
The proposed impact assessment uses a strategy of "random peer-to-peer phasing" to assess the impact of the UMAV on two levels: the individual (i.e. the direct impact on victims receiving UMAV services), and the community as a whole. Impacts will be evaluated in several dimensions: i) the reception of reparations, ii) the victims' knowledge of their rights and therefore their empowerment before society, ii) the participants' and their communities' perception of justice and trust in public institutions. It is therefore a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of an innovative transitional justice mechanism, which can potentially inform the government about the desirability or otherwise of scaling up and massifying this strategy during the post-conflict period.
The importance of public policy is also seen in the involvement of the high government through the four institutions mentioned above, and the participation of the multilateral bank at the head of the World Bank and CAF, with technical and financial support for the evaluation. In addition, this evaluation has the potential to inform other post-conflict situations in which reaching victims has been a challenge, as has the process of reintegration into society and the increasing use of formal state justice systems.

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StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/1/161/1/17