Gauging Progress A Guidebook For Community Sexual Assault Programs and Community Development Initiatives

General Material
Published Date
January, 2001
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This guide is based on material from The Evaluation Forum's publication Outcomes for Success! 2000 Edition and evaluation reports developed for OCVA. It is customized with tailored examples and exercises for sexual assault program staff and community stakeholders who are doing social change work specifically using the Lofquist community development model. This customization is intended to increase the effectiveness of the information by making it more relevant and cognizant of the real-world situations faced by community sexual assault programs and stakeholder groups.

Specifically, it includes an introduction to outcome-based evaluation and how it is incorporated into the community development framework, how to conceptualize evaluation of community development projects, introduction to logic models, how to define realistic and measurable outcomes for community development, and an overview of methods to use to measure the outcomes. Advanced topics such as tool development, data management, analysis, reporting and using results are not covered in this guide.

The Possible Uses of the Guide - It is written for sexual assault prevention specialists and community educators, sexual assault program supervisors and directors, and the community stakeholders who have joined with the prevention community to create positive change on the road to sexual-violence free communities.

The information herein might be useful to:

  • Develop a plan to help stakeholders know whether they are making a difference
  • support the initiative
  • Ensure that initiative actions are on track to achieve outcomes
  • Strengthen the overall effort to increase the likelihood of its sustainability
  • Communicate successes to the community and potential