4 simple guidelines: A streamlined approach to developing effective prevention programming


For reasons both personal and professional I have been having a lot of RPE program development conversations as of late. There are so many factors that come into play when planning and developing a program. The program development process can examine and evaluate various and sundry theories of change, risk and protective factors, promising practices, research evidence, contextual evidence, experiential evidence, community readiness, organizational capacity, and, sometimes, even the kitchen sink! It can be easy to get lost in the weeds or feel overwhelmed by seemingly limitless options.

At such times it can be helpful to step back and, as the folk song says, “keep your eyes on the prize.” The prize that most of us seek is a sexual violence prevention program that supports healthy and just communities. We just want our efforts to be effective and successful.

There has been some work on what contributes to effective prevention programs that can be found here and from the PreventConnect Wikiand from the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Information Center.  Please find a distillation of some of this work below. This tool can help re-focus program planning and development discussions

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Abby Sims

Abigail Sims began her work in the movement to end relationship and sexual violence in 1995, as a violence prevention educator. Since that time she has had the privilege of participating in local, statewide, and national efforts to prevent and respond to relationship and sexual violence through various activities including crisis counseling and advocacy, professional training and technical assistance, program development and management, evaluation, policy advocacy, self-defense instruction, and materials writing and development.

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