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Promising practices

Curating a database to determine what really works in the fight against modern slavery.

What does this project do?

If we’re all trying to solve the same problem, it makes sense that we share information. The Promising Practices database collates evaluations of the impact of anti-slavery and counter trafficking programming. They are then categorised by country, type of modern slavery and the success of the outcomes achieved. This information is available publicly through an EndNote file and can be used to identify what works in the fight against modern slavery.

Our procedure

Understanding what information already exists and which programs have already been evaluated is crucial to understanding what works. By compiling these evaluations in one database, academics, practitioners and policy makers can search to identify existing evaluations or read accompanying policy papers to drill into the findings.

The database

Walk Free conducted a systematic review of existing evaluations and collated these in a database, ‘tagging’ the results by type of slavery, type of intervention and location. A review of these ‘tags’ allows users to see key lessons learnt, gaps in understanding and to identify opportunities for further investigation. The database is current as of December 2015 and is due for an update in 2019.

Share your evaluations of anti-slavery programming.

  • Build on our most comprehensive catalogue of anti-slavery and counter-trafficking evaluations in existence.
  • Provide a deep dive into thematic areas and types of interventions, such as forced marriage or use of cash transfers, and then their impact on slavery.
  • Continue to raise awareness of techniques that do and don’t work to combat slavery.

Project members

Katharine Bryant
Lead – European Engagement


Promising Practices: What Works?
Promising Practices Database