What data informs Violence Prevention’s work?
Violence Prevention considers many data sources in designing, implementing, and evaluating our programs and other work. The team stays informed about leading social science research on sexual violence. UW-Madison has participated in the 2015 and 2019 Association of American Universities Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. We also perform qualitative and quantitative evaluation of our programs, including focus groups and pre- and post-questionnaires.
How does Violence Prevention evaluate our programs?
Violence Prevention evaluates programs so that we can see how participants learn from our programs and how our programs contribute to campus climate. Currently, one staff member designs and analyzes most program evaluation data. Our workshops and online programs ask participants to take pre- and post-questionnaires to test their knowledge and assess their attitudes. In the past, two staff conducted focus groups regarding the online graduate and professional student program. We also gather information on difficult workshop moments from our peer facilitators. The Violence Prevention team uses these various program evaluation data sources to revise programs to best meet the needs of campus.