Types of Accreditation

Types of SASA! Accreditation

There are three types of accreditation for providing training or technical support on SASA!, that build on each other: SASA! Trainer, Implementation Support Provider, and Adaptations Support Provider. These are detailed further below.

Of these, an Adaptations Support provider has the most rigorous accreditation and includes accreditation for training and implementation support as well. Please note that although someone may have extensive experience in the fields of violence against women or HIV, they may not be an accredited SASA! technical support provider because they do not have specific experience with SASA! as a methodology.

It is important for organizations to seek support from providers with the type of experience required to meet its particular needs. Certificates are provided to each person accredited in SASA! which indicate the type of accreditation and the time frame for which their accreditation is valid. Both the certificate and the list of accredited providers indicate for which phase(s) of SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support and/or Action) providers are accredited to provide support. Feel free to request certificates, as well as checking for an updated list of providers with Raising Voices prior to hiring.

Please note that logistics, time frames, rates for services and reporting requirements are negotiated directly between the host organization and the technical support providers.

SASA! Trainer
SASA! Trainers are accredited to offer the SASA! Phase training on at least one or more Phases. Providers accredited as SASA! Trainers have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrate good understanding of the SASA! ‘essentials’
  • Successful completion of relevant Phase trainings through the Raising Voices Learning Center, or commensurate experience with SASA!
  • Good skills facilitating SASA! training modules
  • At least 2 years experience in violence against women prevention programming

SASA! Trainers are accredited only for the phases of SASA! on which they have attended training. Note that the Trainer accreditation does not by itself indicate experience implementing or adapting SASA!; it simply indicates ability to successfully facilitate training modules.

SASA! Implementation Support Provider
SASA! Implementation Support Providers are accredited to train others on SASA! and have all the qualifications required of SASA! Trainers, as well as the following:

  • Experience implementing at least two or more SASA! phases
  • Ability to effectively use all Monitoring and Assessment tools, as well as to enter and analyze data using SASA! data screens
  • Participation in the Technical Support Providers’ course at Raising Voices or commensurate experience with SASA!
  • Experience in developing and revising SASA! implementation work plans
  • At least 3 years experience in violence against women prevention programming

SASA! Implementation Support Providers are accredited only for the phases of SASA! on which they have implementation experience.

SASA! Adaptation Support Provider
People accredited as SASA! Adaptation Support Providers are accredited to train others on SASA! and provide implementation support, and also have the following qualifications:

  • Understanding of various types of SASA! adaptation
  • Experience adapting at least two phases of SASA! to another context
  • Strong understanding of Monitoring and Assessment tools in SASA!, and how and when they can be modified
  • Over 5 years experience in violence against women prevention programming

Contact Raising Voices at info@raisingvoices.org for a list of Accredited SASA! TA Providers or if you are interested in being accredited.