The State of Texas Criminal Justice Division funds advocacy programs at Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) for students who are victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Advocacy programs implement support services for student-victims of violence based on community practice models for survivors.
Advocacy programs have yet to be evaluated and little implementation guidance exists. Research will focus on understanding and evaluating campus-based advocacy programs at three Texas institutions of higher education. The project is a formative evaluation of campus advocacy programming for interpersonal violence.
Methods include empirically developing an evaluation framework, creating an evaluation toolkit for assessment of program outcomes, and piloting the toolkit materials on three campuses. This project will be done in close collaboration with practitioners at each campus.
Project poduct: Campus-Based Advocacy Evaluation Toolkit (PDF). This toolkit was designed to help campuses evaluate advocacy services for sexual assault and intimate partner violence survivors.