Evaluation Methods & Instruments

This page contains information about evaluation methods and instruments. 

Evaluation Terms & Concepts

Evaluation Measures
Information on measures used in studies of sexual violence, with references to articles citing them. These measures may also be used when evaluating the effectiveness of prevention education programs. [Updated 2/14]

Evaluation Terms

This resource provides commonly accepted definitions of key evaluation terms including sexual violence primary prevention examples for each term. [Updated 3/14]

Participatory Evaluation

This resource provides an overview of what participatory evaluation is, and the pros and cons of using this type of evaluation. [Updated 3/14]

Process vs. Outcome Evaluation

This document provides a brief overview of when and why an organization may want to use a process or outcome evaluation. [Updated 3/14]

The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. The Knowledge Base was designed by William M.K. Trochim, a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Published exclusively by Atomic Dog Publishing.

Qualitative Evaluation

Common Qualitative Methods
Information from the National Science Foundation on conducting evaluation using qualitative methods including observations, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. This is Chapter 3 of the “User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations”, an online resource that provides an overview of practical evaluation methodology.

Developing Quality Survey Items

This document provides an overview that explains how quality survey questions are created.  Within the document, recommended readings and resources are also provided. [Updated 3/14]

Understanding Evidence Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence.  A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence Effectiveness.  From the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  This document provides information on whether a prevention program, practice, or policy achieves the intended outcomes. [Posted 10/2011]

Using Qualitative Data

This resource provides a short overview explaining how qualitative data is used.  [Updated 3/14]

Evaluation Resources & Reference

Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.

Link to the Searchable database on the SVPEP webpage, which may be useful to search for research articles with evaluation keywords.  

Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2011). This compendium provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences. [Posted 3/2011].

Prevent Connect's web conferences: this series presents a focus on better understanding how sexual and domestic violence preventions work with all the people in our community, including looking at policies, institutional practices, and reaching new audiences. 

The Community Tool Box provides resources and tools to help people work together to build healthier communities.   

VetoViolence has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide grantees and partners with access to training and tools that focus on the primary prevention of violence. The portal includes free training, and program planning resources.  EvaluACTION from VetoViolence, available here.

Updated 12/14