Evaluability Assessment of the Rape Prevention and Education Program: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

This paper describes an evaluability assessment of CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program conducted to establish a baseline description and understanding of the current activities and goals of the program, revisit and update program performance measures, and identify opportunities for CDC to provide training and technical assistance to states. Data were collected using (1) a web-based survey of all state and territory health departments, other government agencies involved in the administration of the program, and sexual assault coalitions, (2) in-depth interviews with the same respondents during site visits to a sample of 14 states, and (3) focus groups in 5 of these states with local providers. This paper highlights the findings and summarizes recommendations to improve the program. It concludes with examples of steps CDC is taking to implement the recommendations.ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
Basile,Kathleen C.
Lang,Karen S.
Bartenfeld,Thomas A.
Accession Number: 17024086; Basile, Kathleen C. 1 Email Address: kbasile@cdc.govLang, Karen S. 1Bartenfeld, Thomas A. 1Clinton-Sherrod, Monique 2; Affiliations: 1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. 2: RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.; Source Information: Apr2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p201; Subject Term: OFFENSES against the personSubject Term: RAPESubject Term: RAPE trauma syndromeSubject Term: SEX crimesSubject Term: SOCIAL policySubject Term: WOMEN -- Crimes against; NAICS/Industry Codes: 92313 Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs); Number of Pages: 7p; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2005.14.201; Document Type: Article
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Journal of Women's Health
This article provides a baseline evaluation of the CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program by drawing upon the evaluability assessment approach, as designed by Wholey (1979) and Rutman (1980). As such, the assessment discussed herein measured goals and objectives of the RPE grant, the use of funds, and barriers impacting the implementation of the grant. The primary goal of the program includes the reduction of sexual assault rates as initiated through educational and awareness-enhancing programs. Funds were found to be most often allocated toward trainings and informational materials, with prevention programs and evaluation activities also prominent. The barrier cited by 87% of respondents centered around community reactions to issues of sexual violence. Recommendations highlighted performance measures and systematic data collection, as well as technical assistance, training, strategic planning, and evaluability.
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Evaluation; prevention; victim services
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