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By on September 22, 2009

Measuring prevention: Report from the CALCASA web conference

Last week over 50 people attended CALCASA’s web conference for California Rape Prevention & Education grantees on Measuring Prevention: Examining Strategies to Measure Effectiveness of Sexual Violence Prevention Program. Paul Schewe presented on approaches to evaluating prevention programs.

Evaluating the outcomes of prevention efforts is complicated because there are so many social forces that contribute to sexual violence.  Participants in the web conference brainstormed many potential risk and protective factors, as seen in the world cloud below:

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When it is not possible to measure a shift on the actual incidence of sexual violence , Paul Schewe suggests looking at proxy measures that may include

  • healthier relationships
  • improved grades
  • decreases in bullying
  • increased school attendance
  • reduced school behavior problems
  • increased use of condoms
  • increased activism
  • increased number of students willing to volunteer their time to prevention efforts

California Rape Prevention & Education grantees can contact David Lee and Chad Sniffen from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for technical assistance. (If you are from other states please contact state sexual assault coalition or state health department)

Conference Materials:


  • The video recording of this session is no longer available.

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