Projects: Cultivating Evaluation Capacity: A Guide for Programs Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence

Flower bud imageIn recent years, public and private funders have developed a keen sense of the importance of measuring the value of the programs they support. At the same time, many social service providers have started to recognize the benefit of evaluating their programs. Among grantors and grant recipients alike, economic belt-tightening and the resulting need to optimize spending allocations have fostered an appreciation for evaluation.

As pressures to evaluate have mounted, many social service agencies jumped into assessments of their programs without first developing their capacity to do so. As many of them discovered, without the underlying infrastructure necessary to support evaluation, their efforts were unsuccessful, or at a minimum, hard to sustain—and emerging research supports their claim.

This resource hub is designed to help programs serving survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence increase their capacity to sustain evaluation efforts. Whether an organization is just starting to grapple with how to determine success for its programs or seeking to reassess its evaluation efforts, it can use the resources found here to help cultivate their evaluation capacity.


What's Your Evaluation Capacity?

This webinar in the Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Webinar Services features Dr. Kim Ammann Howard, Director at Informing Change. Kim provides an overview of the Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool, an assessment created by Informing Change to help organizations assess their readiness to take on many types of evaluation activities. Kim discusses how to use the tool and apply the results to inform evaluation planning and implementation.

Developing Your Logic Model

This webinar in the Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Webinar Services features Kelly Robertson, Senior Research Associate at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan. Kelly provides an introduction to logic models including an overview of the basic building blocks, and a step-by-step demonstration of how to create a logic model for a program that addresses domestic and/or sexual violence.

Partnering with Evaluators

This webinar in the Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Webinar Services features Monica Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and researchers Dr. Rebecca May and Dr. Sandra L. Martin from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Monika, Rebecca and Sandra discuss how partnerships between advocates/practitioners and evaluators can be beneficial, obstacles faced in building relationships, and how to achieve partnering success based upon their experiences in North Carolina.

Budgeting and Institutional Review Boards

This webinar in the Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Webinar Services features Charity Hope, Project Director and Ashley Demyan, Research Associate from the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice. Charity and Ashley discuss budgeting for evaluation, including staff models, common costs, and contracting best practice, and institutional review boards, including the concepts of informed consent and privacy certificates.

Measuring Success in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs

This webinar in the Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Webinar Series features Dr. Cris Sullivan, Director of the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. Cris discusses how programs working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have been under increased scrutiny to demonstrate that they are making a significant difference in the lives of those with whom they work. Cris explores explains how, if done appropriately and sensitively, outcome evaluations can improve services for survivors.