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An empowerment evaluation model for sexual assault programs: empirical evidence of effectiveness 



Author(s) Campbell, Rebecca; Heather Dorey; Monika Naegeli; Lori K. Grubstein; Kelly K. Bennett; Freya Bonter; Patricia K. Smith; Jessica Grzywacz; Patsy K. Baker and William S. Davidson II.
Title An empowerment evaluation model for sexual assault programs: empirical evidence of effectiveness
Source American Journal of Community Psychology,2004, Vol. 34, Nos. 3/4, pp 605-613
Date 2004
Document type Journal article
Coverage Michigan USA
Summary The primary goal of the Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention (SARP) Evaluation Project was to build the victim services' programs' capacities for evaluation so they could design, implement, and sustain evaluation that captured their local initiatives. The SARP ran for six years and brought together university researchers, public health evaluators, state government funders and rape crisis centre staff to develop local evaluations of diverse programs throughout Michigan. Initially some of the agencies were not interested in developing their own evaluation tools as they did not have the available time for the development. The SARP team provided training manuals for program staff to teach them how to create and execute their own evaluations as well as templates and other resources, and worked closely with all the teams resulting in approximately 75% of the victim services programs successfully launching program evaluations. The authors conclude from their review that the empowerment evaluation approach used by the SARP team appeared to be effective in helping violence against women agencies throughout Michigan conduct methodologically sound and programmatically useful evaluations.
Keywords Evaluation; empowerment; collaboration; program examination; sexual assault

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