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Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
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Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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© 2002 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a valuable resource not only for researchers and evaluators, but for service providers and funders as well. Written in clear, straightforward language, it addresses many complex factors that come in to play when conducting victim--service evaluations, including issues of safety and confidentiality. A great tool for anyone involved in the work to end violence against women."

--Cris M. Sullivan, author of Outcome Evaluation Strategies for Domestic Violence Programs: A Practical Guide  

"This book responds to the tremendous pressure and need to evaluate domestic violence services with some practical advice and experience. It not only outlines the basic considerations of evaluations, but also discusses the contextual issues that make evaluation in the domestic violence field unique and challenging."

--Edward Gondolf, author of Batterer Intervention Systems and Assessing Woman Battering in Mental Health Services

Evaluation programs that effectively measure the success of domestic violence and sexual assault services are essential not only to assure high levels of client service and continued funding, but also in evaluating how far society has come in the effort to end violence against women.

Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault provides comprehensive guidelines and field-tested tools for direct service evaluation programs. It also chronicles and celebrates over thirty years of progress made by the anti-violence movement. The authors offer a wealth of practical information at the same time identifying key issues and placing them in the broader context of social and political change.

Essential reading for anyone who works in or is affiliated with programs serving the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault addresses the needs of both service providers and evaluators as well as funding agencies and policy makers. 

 
I. The Political and Social Context of Evaluation
 
1. The Evolution of the Violence Against Women Social Movement and Services for Victims
 
2. Collaboration in Evaluation Research
 
II. Key Aspects of Doing an Evaluation
 
3. Why Evaluate?
 
4. Basic Concepts in Evaluation
 
5. Using Evaluation Results
 
III. Lessons Learned
 
6. Lessons Learned in Evaluating Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
 
IV. Additional Resources
 
V. References
 
VI. Appendix A. Evaluation Measures for Domestic Violence Services
 
VII. Appendix B. Evaluation Measures for Sexual Assault Services
 
VIII. About the Authors

Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a valuable resource not only for researchers and evaluators, but for service providers and funders as well. Written in clear, straightforward language, it addresses many complex factors that come in to play when conducting victim-service evaluations, including issues of safety and confidentiality. A great tool for anyone involved in the work to end violence against women. 

Cris M. Sullivan
author of Outcome evaluation strategies for domestic violence programs: A practical guide
Key features
  • The authors provide an easily accessible overview of the process and problems in the evaluation of programs serving abused women.
  • Includes measures for the most commonly offered services that have been developed and field tested with 87 domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.
  • The book places evaluation in political and historical context so that service providers are made aware of some of the broader issues raised by evaluation.

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