Evaluation is the backbone of strong sexual assault advocacy. Evaluation proves out success to employees, community leaders, and funders. It lets us measure what we are doing right and figure out how to do more of it. Most importantly, evaluation gives survivors and community members a voice in our empowerment-based agencies. We cannot know if services are working for survivors unless we ask. The resources below will help your rural program meaningfully assess where you are currently and where you want to go.
Personal and Organizational Assessment Tools, Resource Sharing Project & NSVRC
The Resource Sharing Project and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center have developed personal and organizational assessment tools to assist advocates and organizations working with victims of sexual violence in identifying strengths and strategies to improve their practice.
Opening Our Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies, Resource Sharing Project
Dual/multi-service programs are in a unique position to provide excellent rural sexual assault resources when offered effective strategies in organizational structure, staff training, and community partnerships that successfully balance programmatic needs and meet the unique needs of sexual violence survivors. This guide explores ten components of high-quality sexual assault service in dual/multi-service advocacy agencies.
Strengthening Our Practice, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is meant to help you find your way through this difficult and amazing work. It describes ten attributes or skills that are essential to dual advocates working with sexual violence survivors. It offers activities, exercises, and questions to help you practice skills and explore new areas of your advocacy practice.
Program Evaluation: Knowing is Half the Battle, Resource Sharing Project
This resource outlines the benefits and creative possibilities in program evaluation. This helpful publication focuses on evaluation that is practical, respectful, and innovative. At the end of the paper, you will find resources for starting your own program evaluation.
Listening to Our Communities: Assessment Toolkit, Resource Sharing Project & NSVRC
This toolkit from the National Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative focuses on key tools and skills for conducting community assessments in order to strengthen services for sexual assault survivors. It is written specifically for multi-service programs, but will be useful for most victim service programs.