Let’s Be Creative with Evaluation: Ten Resources to Support Evaluation in Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence

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It’s quite the head-scratcher: how do we prove that something didn’t happen? As a public health-oriented preventionist I always have questions about programmatic efficacy and have learned (the hard way) that traditional pre/post surveys and quantitative data collection are not always the most appropriate forms of evaluation. Often, quantitative analyses of programs do not capture the full, rich picture of what was learned, internalized, and developed in primary prevention programs. Our work to end rape culture is dynamic as it is complex, thus our efforts to evaluate and continuously improve our work must be creative.

Here are ten resources to help us expand our thinking about sexual violence evaluation:

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA): Evaluation Clearinghouse

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA): Selecting Indicators and Measures

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan

NPR: How to Find out if ‘Women’s Empowerment’ Programs Really Empower Women

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC): Evaluation Toolkit

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA): Activity-Based Assessment

RALIANCE: Prevention Database

Kansas Community Toolbox: Introduction to Evaluation

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation: Medicine Wheel Evaluation Framework

Strengthening Nonprofits: A Capacity Builder’s Resource Library

Meghan Yap

Meghan first became involved with the fight to end sexual assault as a research assistant with UC San Diego Medical School’s Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH). Through her work with the “It’s on Us” campaign, Meghan speaks publically about her experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), rape, and recovery with the hope that her story will empower other survivors. In April 2016, Vice President Joe Biden awarded Meghan the White House “Champion of Change” honor for her efforts to address campus sexual assault and promote survivor-centered services and policies at UC San Diego. In her free time, Meghan volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for clinics in developing/underserved regions.

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