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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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September 2002 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides an accessible overview of the process and problems in the evaluation of programs serving abused women. The authors cover general issues in evaluation as well as the process of collaborating with both funding agencies and community-based agencies.

They place evaluation within a political and historical context that informs service providers of the broader issues raised by evaluation.

This book is unique in its inclusion of the role of evaluation in the continued development of the anti-rape and battered women's movement in the United States. It also includes measurement tools for the most commonly offered services that have been developed and field tested with 87 domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.

 
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

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